Mar 22, 2018
On day 20 of the final Aadhaar hearing, Attorney General K.K Venugopal began his arguments on behalf of the respondents. He stated that various expert committees examined Aadhaar, and considered other alternatives like smart cards, before the current framework was decided upon. Mr.
Mar 21, 2018
Day 19 of the final hearing began with Senior Advocate Meenakshi Arora submitting her written submissions to the court. Explaining the chilling effect on fundamental rights that is caused by a general and indiscriminate retention of personal data, she cited the decision in ECHR Szabo case which held data retention for long periods to be violative of right to privacy.
Mar 16, 2018
A five-judge Constitution Bench of Supreme Court, on Tuesday, 13th March 2018 passed an interim order (available here) in the matter of K.S. Puttaswamy v. Union of India [W.P.(C) No.
Mar 08, 2018
The arguments for day 15 of the final hearing began with Senior Advocate Arvind Datar pointing out the nature of consent in the PML Act. He stated that the Act mandated the production of consent, failing which the bank accounts would be rendered inoperable, effectively negating any consent involved.
Feb 16, 2018
On day 10, Mr. Kapil Sibal resumed his arguments and read out provisions from Israel’s biometric ID law dealing with definition and purpose of biometric databases, emphasizing that the ID cards are purely voluntary. He added that under said law, biometric data may be used only for the purpose for which it was collected.
Feb 07, 2018
On Day 8 of the final hearing, continuing his arguments on behalf of the petitioners, Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal read out Section 8(3)(c). He stated that the definition of ‘authentication’ says that a person can only use demographic or biometric information for authentication while Section 8 talks about alternatives. He contended that the law was poorly drafted.
Feb 06, 2018
Today, on Day 7, Senior Advocate Shyam Divan continued reading affidavits of Siraj Dutta from the previous hearing to emphasize on the point that, Aadhaar has led to exclusion, death and loss of dignity. He also stated that ‘real choice’ formulates realm of a true democracy and Aadhaar ecosystem leaves people with no alternative method for identification.
Feb 02, 2018
The hearing for day 6 began with Mr. Shyam Divan, counsel for petitioners, submitting a note on the concept of client IP and device IP. While explaining the significance of IP Address, he showed the court as to how an IP device can be used to know the approximate location.