The SC started its final hearing for constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act in January, following which, in March 2018, the SC’s five-judge bench had asked UIDAI to prepare a powerpoint presentation in order to identify the loopholes in the Aadhaar Act 2016 and address the misgivings related to security of the data collected by the UIDAI.
UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey, while presenting before the Supreme Court, had explained that all the personal data stored by Aadhaar is encrypted and can’t be hacked. He went on to claim that “it would take more than the age of the universe to break one encryption.”
Earlier, the UIDAI mandated the use of face recognition for services such as the issuance of mobile SIM, banking services, public distribution system dole-outs, and marking of office attendance at government offices.
The Supreme Court’s decision in the case challenging the constitutional validity of Aadhaar is also expected soon.