While India copes with COVID-19, Aadhaar continues its function creep #SaveOurPrivacy

The latest Aadhaar Good Governance Rules notified in August 2020 legitimize function creep of the Aadhaar programme by allowing Aadhaar authentication for usage of digital platforms to ensure good governance, prevention of dissipation of social welfare benefits, and enablement of innovation and the spread of knowledge. These Rules come on the heels of amendements to the Aadhaar Act in 2019 which authorized use of Aadhaar by private parties, and these amendments have been challenged before the Supreme Court for violating the judgement in K.S. Puttaswamy v. Union of India- Aadhaar 5J. The cummulative impact of the Aadhaar Amendment Act 2019 and the Aadhaar Good Governance Rules 2020 is that there remain virtually no limitations on the use of Aadhaar authentication, which had earlier been restricted by the Supreme Court to only government entities and only for receipt of benefits and subsidies funded by the Consolidated Fund of India.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://internetfreedom.in/aadhaar-good-governance-rules/

There is also an incredibly useful post on the Rethink Aadhaar website available here

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Aadhaar Act: No information on how beneficiaries are identified, shows RTI


The RTI application also sought information leading to the decision to switch the mode of transferring subsidies. Earlier, NEFT/RTGS – run by RBI – was used for transferring benefits and subsidies. This was later changed to an Aadhaar-enabled platform run by NPCI – a non-governmental body. No information regarding this switch in mediums has been provided, either.

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