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‘Can't have cart before horse’: Mahua Moitra attacks Aadhaar over privacy

ANI
Published Jul 4, 2019, 8:35 pm IST
Updated Jul 4, 2019, 8:35 pm IST
‘This bill strikes at the very heart of the primacy of an individual, and privacy of an individual's data,’ Moitra said.
She said Aadhaar was meant to provide services to the poor and was never meant to provide data. (Photo: File)
 She said Aadhaar was meant to provide services to the poor and was never meant to provide data. (Photo: File)

New Delhi: Opposing the Aadhaar Bill 2016 in Lok Sabha on Thursday, Trinamool Congress Lok Sabha lawmaker Mahua Moitra said that the bill violates the Supreme Court judgment and lacks transparency.

"How can I be debating the bill and be able to give assent for something I am not clear about and which is not transparent about, sir," she said asking for more transparency in the measure during a debate on the bill.

 

"This bill strikes at the very heart of the primacy of an individual, and privacy of an individual's data. This is what the Supreme Court in their judgement also tried to talk about. There are three very problematic clauses in this amended bill," said Moitra.

She said Aadhaar was meant to provide services to the poor and was never meant to provide data.

"Aadhaar has become a way to give information for private entities, my bank who has contracted to me, my telecom provider who has no business getting my biometric information", said the Trinamool lawmaker.

"I'm giving up my biometric data, my most personal data to a private agency. If Aadhaar ecosystem fails you're saying that there are viable means to recourse but I don't know what they are. They haven't been specified," said Ms Moitra.

Speaking about section 5 of the bill she stated, "There is no standard of privacy and security today. There is no Data Protection Act. In the absence of data protection, how can you ask me to give up my information to a private agency? This is integral to the Bill, you can't have the cart before the horse. You give us recourse put a viable framework we will give assent there is no problem".

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