Supreme Court Seeks Centre’s Reply On Plea Against Changes In Law About Aadhaar Data Use 
The Supreme Court of India in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)

Supreme Court Seeks Centre’s Reply On Plea Against Changes In Law About Aadhaar Data Use 

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The Supreme Court on Friday sought the response of the Centre on a plea challenging the constitutional validity of the amendments made in the law allowing private entities to use the Aadhaar data for voluntary authentication of customers.

A bench, comprising Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justice BR Gavai, took note of the plea filed by SG Vombatkere, who alleged that the 2019 amendments of the Aadhaar Act violated the earlier apex court judgments.

Earlier, a five-judge constitution bench, while upholding the validity of Aadhaar act, had made certain exceptions and said private entities cannot be allowed to use the data even for voluntary authentication of customers' details. Later, the Centre amended the law allowing voluntary use of Aadhaar as proof of identity for users to open bank accounts and get mobile phone connection.

The apex court issued notice on the fresh public interest litigation and tagged it with a separate pending case for hearing.

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