In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court of India has ruled in favour of Aadhaar stating that the system of having a unique identification number is valid but cannot be made mandatory. The five-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Mishra has upheld the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar scheme and even upheld most of the provisions of the Aadhaar act, barring a few. The verdict states that sufficient measures are taken to protect Aadhaar data and it is difficult to launch a mass surveillance program on the citizens on the basis of the unique identity number. However, the bench also asked more security measures including reducing the period of storage of data and to form a robust law for data protection as soon as possible.
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