Washington: Facebook & WhatsApp have opposed the decision of government to Link Aadhaar with an account.
Facebook has argued in court that any mandatory linking requirement for of Aadhaar or any other identity document issued by the government goes against the guidelines of the Constitution Bench in the Aadhaar case.
There is no getting around the fact that this will involve interpreting the Information Technology Act, 2000 and the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Ordinance 2019.
Facebook has so far insisted that WhatsApp messages, for instance, are end-to-end encrypted. That means even they cannot read the contents of those messages. The contention is, how can they cannot therefore share the Aadhaar details with a third party.
That said, the government’s primary motive here could be to simply add the strand of responsibility to all social media accounts. If the social media accounts are KYC compliant, it may become easier to trace a user if a malicious or potentially problematic post is found online, be it via screenshots too.
The one debate that will continue to rage on will be around the possible censorship such an implementation could lead to, as well as the question about user data privacy.