The Supreme Court said the proposal of the Unique Identification Authority of India to hire an agency to monitor various social media platforms and monitor such platforms was contrary to its earlier submissions.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud asked Attorney General KK Venugopal to assist it in the matter, while hearing a plea by Trinamool Congress MLA Mahua Moitra the bench said what the UIDAI was proposing was contrary to “what it had argued while seeking validity of Aadhaar”.
The court further added Monitoring is directly against the submissions made by the UIDAI during the hearing of the Aadhaar matters.
The UIDAI, during the hearing of a clutch of petitions challenging the validity of Aadhaar scheme, had told the apex court that it did not want to monitor the online activities of citizens holding Aadhaar cards.
Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, representing Moitra, told the court that the UIDAI’s move infringes on the fundamental right to privacy of citizens. Earlier, the Centre had told the apex court that it will undertake a complete review of social media policy and withdrawn its notification proposing a social media hub for the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry.