UIDAI’s Bid To Hire A Social Media Agency Is Contrary To The Submission Made By It, Says SC

UIDAI is mandated to issue an easily verifiable 12 digit random number as Unique Identity – Aadhaar to all Residents of India
The Supreme Court on Friday questioned the proposal made by UIDAI (Unique identification authority of India), which handles over 1223,827,192 Aadhar cards, to hire a social media agency to monitor various social media platforms.
Dealing with the PIL filed by Trinamool Congress MLA Mohua Moitra, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud took notice of UDIA plan to ‘listen to the online conversation’ of the people. PIL mentioned that it is contrary to the submission made by UIDAI during the hearing of the Aadhar card matter on the issue of the validity of the Aadhar card issued by the government.
Mohua Moitra moved the Supreme Court through an advocate Mohammed Nizam Pasha challenging the UIDAI’s proposal to monitor the social media accounts of the enrolled Indians was in violation of their Right to Privacy.
“Such acts of the government violates her right of privacy. The scope of work of the Social Media Agency intended to be selected through the impugned request for proposal (RFP) is in the teeth of the judgment laid down by this Court in K S Puttaswamy case, wherein a bench of nine judges of this court recognized privacy as a fundamental right under the Constitution,” the plea said.

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