Aadhaar linking: IT ministry doesn’t favour linking Aadhaar & social media accounts | India News

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NEW DELHI: The information technology ministry does not appear to be in favour of linking Aadhaar with social media accounts as the measure has the potential to clash with earlier court judgments on privacy and use of the biometric identification card, top officials in the ministry said.
The officials, requesting anonymity, said that the measure has to be carefully thought out before any decision to allow any linkage between Aadhaar and social media accounts of citizens.
They added that Aadhaar is not the instrument to catch sources of fake news, or those spreading indecent, provocative, and anti-national information, comments or news.
There has, however, been no official position on the matter as yet, the officials said.
The IT department is expected to submit its stand on the issue to the apex court. But what eventually goes in the submission in the SC depends on wider consultations the ministry has with the law ministry, which is also headed by IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. The views of solicitor general Tushar Mehta will also be considered.
The ministry has also consulted UIDAI, the nodal department of Aadhaar, but sources declined to say what views it has given to the IT ministry.
The Supreme Court on Friday said the issue of linking social media profiles with Aadhaar needs to be decided at the earliest, and asked the Centre to inform whether it is contemplating any such plan.

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