Even after the historic Supreme Court’s verdict declaring Right To Privacy as a fundamental right, the Centre has gone ahead to declare that failure to link mobile SIM to Aadhaar will result in deactivation of their phones by February 2018.
Quoting sources, news agency PTI reported that Aadhaar mobile linkage was being done as per the orders of the Supreme Court passed in February this year in Lokniti foundation case and all SIM cards have to be verified with Aadhaar within a year from the date of judgement, with all unlinked phones to be deactivated after February next year, so criminals, fraudsters and terrorists cannot use the issued SIMs.
The government, however, has reportedly made it clear that mobile operators will not be allowed to store biometrics details of their customers as those sensitive details will be encrypted by telecom company and sent to UIDAI at that moment itself and any storage of biometric by a service provider is a criminal offence punishable with up to three years of imprisonment under the Aadhaar Act 2016.
The Central government had told the Supreme Court in February that it would put in place, within a year, an effective mechanism for the verification of pre-paid mobile users who constitute 90 per cent of the total subscribers.
Asking the government to put in place the mechanism for the verification of existing pre-paid mobile connection holders “as early as possible”, the court disposed of the petition by Lokniti Foundation seeking the scrutiny of the subscribers so that those having pre-paid mobile connections on fake identities are weeded out.