The Supreme Court on Tuesday looked for a reaction from the Center, Google, WhatsApp, Twitter, YouTube, and others on Facebook Inc’s supplication looking for an exchange of cases identified with connecting of online networking accounts with Aadhaar, pending in various high courts to the apex court. The top court consented to hear the Facebook request and looked for reactions of Center and the online life stages by September 13.
A bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose said that hearing in two cases pending before the Madras High Court, which seeks linkage of social media profile of users with Aadhaar, should continue but no final orders would be passed.
“Notice be issued to the unserved respondents through e-mail at their e-mail addresses returnable on September 13, 2019. In the meantime, hearing before the Madras High Court may go on but no effective order be passed till further orders,” the bench said.
During the conference, senior backer Mukul Rohatgi, showing up for Facebook Inc, said that Chennai’s Additional Commissioner of Police had told the high court that the online life organization needs to connect the clients’ profile with Aadhaar and information must be imparted to the test offices.
Regardless of whether specialist organizations can be approached to impart information to test offices to help them in the criminal examination should be chosen by the summit court as it will have a worldwide impact, he said.
Rohatgi said that distinctive High Courts have taken opposite perspectives and for consistency, it would be better if the cases are heard at the Supreme Court.
Lawyer General K Venugopal, showing up for the Tamil Nadu government told the seat that the Madras High Court has led 18 hearings up until now and it ought to be permitted to finish up the contention and convey the decision in the cases.
“The apex court will have a benefit of comprehensive judgment of the high court in a month’s time and it should not stop the high court from delivering the verdict,” Venugopal said.
Rohatgi countered the arguments of Venugopal and said that sharing of data with the third party involves privacy concerns of users spread across the country and the case of this magnitude should be heard at the apex court.
“The Centre in its affidavit before the high court has said that statutory provisions are being examined for allowing linking of Aadhaar with social media accounts. They have opposed the proceedings before the high court and said that ministry after due consultation and deliberation will take a call on the issue,” Rohatgi said.