Parliament Passes Aadhaar Bill to Tighten Data Security

On Monday, Parliament passed a bill that will be using Aadhaar to open bank accounts and voluntarily procure mobile phone connections.

The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was adopted by Rajya Sabha on Monday following a response from the Minister of Law, Communications, Electronics and IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad, who assured members that the government will quickly introduce an extensive data protection law. The Lok Sabha had previously passed the Aadhaar bill.

“We will bring a comprehensive data protection law. Data sovereignty is integral to us and it will never be compromised,” Prasad said.

The union minister said that while making the amendments, Aadhaar’s architecture was not affected. He also mentioned that Aadhaar is appreciated by individuals like Bill Gates and Thomas Friedman.

The Bill aims to amend the Aadhaar Act, 2016 (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services), the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 and the Money Laundering Prevention Act, 2002.

The Bill also proposes that a child should be given an option to leave the biometric ID facility at the age of 18.

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