NEW DELHI: The UIDAI on Tuesday sought to tamp down the Supreme Court's concerns that Aadhaar data could be used to create voters' profiles and rig elections.
Referring to the recent controversy surrounding Cambridge Analytica’s alleged use of Facebook user data to influence voters in the US elections and Brexit referendum, Justice D Y Chandrachud wondered "whether democracy can survive if Aadhaar data is used to influence the electoral outcome”.
To this, senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, appearing on behalf of the UIDAI, said: “The algorithm used by UIDAI for Aadhaar was different from the one used by Google or Cambridge Analytica... UIDAI uses (a) matching algorithm. We cannot compare ourselves with Google, (which is) using a learning algorithm, meant for artificial intelligence. Aadhaar’s algorithm is restricted to duplication and authentication.”
The moment data collected by requesting entities for authentication are submitted, they are encrypted, he added.
Justice Chandrachud said the court was concerned with the “potential interface of data available with the outside world." A big entity is controlling the data. And that is why we are trying to see the nature of safeguards that can be introduced.”
When Dwivedi remarked that there are limitations of knowledge and technological development, the judge responded that that "cannot lead us to a blinkered view of reality because we are going to lay down a law which will affect the future generation."