This post has been authored by Saara Mehta, a fifth year at the National Law Institute University, Bhopal. It discusses the legality of linking social media accounts to the government’s Aadhar scheme.
On 20thAugust, 2019, the Attorney General of India, K.K. Venugopal, submitted to the Supreme Court that there was a need to link the social media profiles of users with their Aadhar numbers, and if required, have platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp share this number (which acts like a unique identity) with law enforcement agencies to help detect crimes. This, he argued, is needed to check fake news, defamatory articles, anti-national content, etc. This post aims to examine the legality of this potential move in the light of the Puttaswamy decisions, as well as the fundamental rights enshrined in Articles 19 and 21.