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UAID Aadhaar is here to stay, but with a few tweaks

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Aadhaar is here to stay, but with a few tweaks. The Supreme Court has declared the 12-digit biometric number constitutionally valid while barring private entities from using it for KYC authentication. That means financial institutions, e-wallets and telcos can’t insist on linking Aadhaar to bank accounts and mobile connections, respectively, and neither can schools and examination boards ask for it. But furnishing Aadhaar details will be mandatory for income tax returns, PAN allotment, and government subsidies and welfare schemes. The apex court also directed the Centre to bring a robust data protection law as soon as possible.

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