Mozilla’s statement on the Surpreme Court’s Aadhar Card verdict dated September 26, 2018
New Delhi, September 26, 2018: Mozilla has been one of the front-runners in the campaign for data protection and right to privacy in India. Given today’s Supreme Court verdict on the petitions that challenged the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar scheme, Amba Kak, Mozilla’s Policy Advisor shares,
“By holding Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act to be unconstitutional, the Supreme Court of India has recognized the surveillance risk created by the indiscriminate and rampant use of Aadhaar for private services. While this is welcome, by allowing the State wide powers to make Aadhaar mandatory for welfare subsidies and PAN, this judgment falls short of guaranteeing Indians meaningful choice on whether and how to use Aadhaar. This is especially worrisome given that India still lacks a data protection law to regulate government or private use of personal data. Now, more than ever, we need legal protections that will hold the government to account.”
Mozilla will make public its response to the draft Personal Data Protection Bill 2018, this week. Once public, we look forward to hearing from you and taking up follow-up queries.