Aadhaar Verdict: Time to Worry About the Ghosts of Your Data Past

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Aadhaar Verdict: Time to Worry About the Ghosts of Your Data Past

Illustration: Akshita Monga

I

spent the best part of this year trying to unsuccessfully link my Aadhaar to my phone number so a long due payment could be processed. I’d been coached in the benefits of the linking, to approach its ascendance with precious anticipation. So from fawning at the ease with which telecom employees recorded my fingerprints to visualising the linkage as this hurdle-less strip leaping over familiar bureaucratic barriers, Aadhaar seemed ahead of time. Except, it was anything but.

Technology is a fickle thing, at once momentous, captivating in its possibilities, at other times convoluted, and practically in the way. A task that I couldn’t complete through the marvel of technology – it turned out – was doable the old-fashioned, fill-a-form-and-send way. Yesterday, as a Supreme Court bench partially struck down the Aadhaar Act, making it ineligible as a necessity for certain private services and general sectors, let us not forget it also legitimised Aadhaar’s existence.

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