DYC J cites an example of how the fact that someone visited apollo hospital is valuable data for insurance providers, employers etc. Aadhaar aggravates it.
Says he will show how and EU itself is about flow of data across different countries borders.
RD agrees to the Court using any tool at his disposal including reading down, clarifying the provision etc although its not required in his opinion.
RD: These are not real misapprehensions.
DYC J: these are absolutely real apprehensions. Including using personal information to rig elections!
DYC J: Aadhaar does not exist in an isolated world. We cannot treat it that way.
RD: I did not know about algorithms before this matter. I bought 50000 rupees worth of books through different kinds...
DYC J: Our limitation of knowledge should not...
RD: Agrees to that. That is exactly what I want. He says Smartcard companies have a vested interest in Aadhaar failing ...similarly Google also wants aadhaar to fail.
RD: we must understand that we have only biometric matching algorithms..not learning algorithms.
Sikri J still asks about how this will control AUAs REs etc.
RD says UIDAI, AUAs etc are all belong to the same scheme or structure under the Act.
RD refers to Section 57 says use has to be pursuant to law or contract. Cannot be open ended.
DYC J: What is the nexus of Section 57 with consolidated fund of india?
RD: Money bill point to be dealt with by A-G later.
RD: Public private divide is actually now jading away. Many private players performing public function.
Sikri J: in many cases, public sector entities are handicapped because of the strict vigil whereas pvt sector has more freedom.
RD: Petitioners argued as if Hitler was the first to use numbers and was never used afterwards.
RD: for everything we use numbers, PNR numbers, proximity card to SC...all of them.
RD: continues to beauty of numbers line.
RD: UIDAI cannot make aadhaar mandatory. Under Section 7 govt will make mandatory. This Court can look at each notification and test its validity.
RD: Section 57 is a limitation, not an expansion. If 57 was not there anyone could be an RE. There has to be a prior law or contract.
RD repeats that proviso is the safeguard. The pvt person have to first apply and only UIDAI can approve the AUA application.
DYC J asks RD not to always refer to Paanwala but take the example of an insurance provider. "Can you refuse their application?," he asks.
RD: As far as we, UIDAI, are concerned, we do not make it mandatory. It is fully consensual except Section 7. Each Section 7 notification may be examined separately for constitutionality.
He says 2 (g) has the words "Such other" ... which means only those biological attributes which share characteristis such as fingerprints or iris.
- non intrusive
- enhances accuracy
- capable of used for instant authentication etc...
DNA cannot come within the definition of 2 (g).
Earlier many labourers and field workers never went to PDS shops and their share used to be swindled away.
Now, they have to come face to face with the PDS authorities.
RD: UIDAI is only a licensee of BSP software. Entry to server rooms fully under control of UIDAI officers.
(Me thinks: 👇)
RD: they are all valid rejections many of them. There are other interests which want Aadhaar to fail which are hyping up aadhaar auth failures.
Almost all affidavits are about auth failures not dedup rejections.
Bench rises for the day. RD says he should be able to complete by tomorrow. Or at max Thursday.