"Imprisonment up to three years (which makes the offence bailable) itself, shows the cavalier approach to the issues of privacy," Biswas and Kumar highlighted. "The Bill ought to have provided the provision for compensation to the affected party. The only reason we can think of is that in many instances of theft contemplated under the Bill the affected person may not even know that privacy has been compromised. However, nonetheless compensation would have been a better deterrent."
Biswas and Kumar affirmed, "On passing of the Bill, most of the payment transactions, might seek for Aadhaar number of the recipient of such payment for transactions. Though it is not mandatory under the Bill to enroll for an Aadhaar number, it is very likely to become norm of the day. Particularly, the Bill is expected to have a significant impact on the employment benefits, taxation and tax benefits, transactions in public sector organisations and financial institutions, other statutory compliances, etc. This may also lessen burden of employers (companies) who will be able to maintain a single account with respect to each employee for payment of employee benefits."
As the Aadhaar Bill was introduced to the Lok Sabha as a money bill, it does not require approval of the Upper Chamber of the Parliament, the Rajya Sabha. The Bill will be passed once the Lok Sabha approves it.
Agata Dziedzic | Privacy Analyst