Aadhaar-social media linking ignites privacy debate on Twitter

The Tamil Nadu State government appealed to the Supreme Court on Monday to link the social media profiles of registered users with their Aadhaar numbers. They said that the linking of social media accounts with Aadhaar numbers will help the government track and detect fake news, pornography, crimes which occur online.

Since then SC has issued a notice to the Centre, Google, YouTube, Twitter and other platforms and sought their response on 13th September.

Currently, Facebook is resisting the Madras High Court’s suggestion that it link social media with Aadhaar saying that it is not authorized to share user data with third party organisations as it is a breach of their privacy policy.

They also added that since WhatsApp messages have an end to end encryption the platform itself does not have access to the private data of the user.

The fact that government wants to link social media with Aadhaar has sparked privacy debate on social media.



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