WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India
Nov 03, 2018, 11.42 AM
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday assured the country that the biometric data on Aadhaar was kept in safe and secure condition.
Addressing an event in Delhi, Prasad said, "Biometric data on Aadhaar is kept in safe and secure conditions, in an encrypted form, it cannot be breached".
He also added that the Digital India program aims at empowering ordinary Indians with the power of technology, technology that is low-cost, developmental and inclusive.
Biometric data on #Aadhaar is kept in safe & secure conditions, in an encrypted form, it cannot be breached. By Digital India prog, we wish to empower ordinary Indians with the power of technology,a technology that is low-cost, developmental and inclusive:Union Minister RS Prasad pic.twitter.com/a4qorMdCBE
NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, who was also present in the event, emphasised on the importance of Technology.
Calling technology the only way forward, he said, "India must come out with a strong privacy law and should allow the private sector to innovate".
Technology must be the key driver and it is the only way forward. My belief is that India must come out with a strong privacy law and we should allow the private sector to innovate: Amitabh Kant, CEO NITI Aayog, at an event in Delhi pic.twitter.com/m8RfafHODC
The Supreme Court in September pronounced its crucial verdict on a batch of pleas challenging the constitutional validity of Centre's flagship Aadhaar scheme and its enabling 2016 law.
In its verdict on the constitutionality of the Unique Identification Number Aadhaar, the Supreme Court pronounced, "Aadhaar cannot be insisted upon in schools and private companies."
Strucking down section 57 of Aadhaar Act which allowed sharing of data with private entities, the apex court said that private bodies like mobile telecom operator companies, e-commerce firms, private banks cannot mandatorily ask for Aadhaar details of their customers.
However, it will still be compulsory to link the Permanent account number (PAN) to Aadhaar and for filing IT returns, the court said.
Addressing an event in Delhi, Prasad said, 'Biometric data on Aadhaar is kept in safe and secure conditions, in an encrypted form, it cannot be breached'.