September 2018

Beware of colleges/companies collecting Aadhaar data

It has come to our notice that certain software companies/organisations in deal with colleges are mandating to collect Aadhaar details of students. These details are said to be gathered for the purpose of college management solutions they provide to various engineering colleges. The Aadhaar number is collected along with personal details such as caste, religion, gender and academic data. [1] In light of recent leaks of various Aadhaar databases[2] particularly regarding educational institutions [3], your personal data is prone to leaks and misuse. The consequences for the students and the management, of identity leak or theft are serious and enormous. Moreover, we express concern in handing over our personal data over a number these companies which are fake and act solely as data accumulating enterprises. According to Aadhaar act, unauthorised third-parties collecting Aadhaar can be legally punishable. The Supreme Court has declared Right to Privacy is a part of fundamental rights. Swecha therefore advises students, faculty and concerned citizens to watch out for these frauds and beware of them. Let's fight this together. write to us at contact@swecha.net, if such cases of forceful Aadhaar data collection drives comes to your notice. 1.