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No change in deadline for Aadhaar-PAN linking, says government

In the wake of Supreme Court’s ruling that privacy is a fundamental right, people started believing that it would diminish the role of Aadhaar. However, experts said that it is wrong to believe that the ruling on privacy will impact the Aadhaar system. Aadhaar is just a way to establish an individual’s identity, quite similar to when people fill their names and attach their photos in a form. People have been filling their names and pasting their photos onto forms since many decades and no one ever linked it to privacy. Aadhaar is just another way to establish a person’s identity through their biometrics, i.e. fingerprints and iris scan data. It is not an invasion of privacy. In the future, humanity may take help from even better technologies such as DNA fingerprinting to establish the identity of an individual.

Responding to the Supreme Court’s decision to tag privacy as fundamental law, the government said today that there will not be any changes to the deadline given for linking Aadhaar and PAN. Earlier, the government had also said that privacy is fundamental, but it comes with conditions. The deadline for linking Aadhaar with PAN is August 31, and this deadline will stay, the government said. The announcement was made by UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey.

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