Linking of Aadhaar to Social Media Accounts Facebook and WhatsApp?

The matter of linking social networking site like Facebook and WhatsApp with Aadhaar, will be heard in the Supreme Court on Friday. The Tamil Nadu government filed an application in the Supreme Court and asked that the matter be allowed to run in the Madras High Court. The petition was filed by Facebook for transfer of public interest petitions filed in Madras High Court, Bombay High Court and Madhya Pradesh High Court to Supreme Court.

Petitions have sought to link Facebook and WhatsApp to Aadhaar, so that those who post objectionable posts on the social site can be immediately identified. In the hearing on 20 August, the Supreme Court issued notices to the Central Government to Google, Twitter and YouTube in this matter and sought their reply to transfer all the cases pending in the High Court to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court refused to stay the hearing on the ongoing hearing in the Madras High Court. In the hearing, KK Venugopal, Attorney General for the state of Tamil Nadu, cited issues of crime including terrorism and pornography. Facebook and WhatsApp asked the Supreme Court if they could be forced to share data and information to investigative agencies to help in criminal investigations.

Facebook told the Supreme Court that any order passed against them would have a global impact, so the top court should decide on such an important issue and all the cases pending in various High Courts should be transferred to the Supreme Court. The Attorney General told the Supreme Court that an IIT professor said that how can the originator be identified. He also cited the Blue Whale game.


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