SC seeks response from Centre on linking FB, Whatsapp with Aadhaar

SC seeks response from Centre on linking FB, Whatsapp with Aadhaar

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New Delhi, Sep 13 : The Supreme Court on Friday sought a detailed response from the Centre on whether they were trying to bring a law or framing any policy, to regulate the social media and link social accounts of people with Aadhaar.

An Apex Court division bench, headed by Justice Deepak Gupta, said, "If any law or rules, the Central government wants to bring, please let us know." The bench fixed the matter for further hearing on September 24. "The issue needs to be addressed as soon as possible. The Centre has to file a response by September 24. We want to know the stand of the Central government," the bench said.

'If Union of India is contemplating something in near future, then we will have take it differently,' it said further. Senior Supreme Court lawyer and noted legal expert Kapil Sibal, appearing for WhatsApp, submitted that even Tamil Nadu government has filed an application for modification of its earlier order and wants Madras High Court to hear the case.

The bench said that in next hearing, it would decide whether the case has to be decided by the top court or Madras HC take a view first.

Facebook and WhatsApp has sought transfer of petition filed in Bombay, Madhya Pradesh and Madras High Court to Supreme Court for a final decision on the matter.

The social media platforms had strongly objected to Aadhaar linkage, saying it would affect the privacy of its users. It said a nine-judge Bench of the Supreme Court had upheld privacy as a fundamental right under Article 21 of the Constitution.

However, the petitions say that by linking Aadhaar, it would be easier to identify the offender on social media. (UNI)