A petition has been filed in the High Court of Delhi on Saturday by Abhijit Mishra, seeking directions to the Unique Identification Authority of India and the Reserve Bank of India to prevent Google Pay from accessing data for which it doesn’t have authorization.
The PIL alleged that Google Pay has unauthorized access to Aadhaar data and stores the said data as well, which is a violation of the norms.
A bench of Justice Vibhu Bakhru and Justice Prateek Jalan was constituted for the last hearing of the case filed in the High Court where the court directed the petitioner to file an affidavit with the information about all the PILs filed by him, including those which were later withdrawn and disposed of with the current status of the PILs.
In the PIL, it was stated by the petitioner that G-pay is neither registered under the Payments ad Settlement System Act 2007 nor is it registered as a bank/cooperative bank/financial institute/non-banking finance company under the Banking Regulation Act, 1949. The petition also claims that the unauthorized storage of data by Google Pay is in violation of Article 21 of the Constitution of India as well as the Aadhaar Act, 1949.
Therefore, the petitioner has sought directions to the Unique Identification Authority of India to initiate actions against Google Pay under Sections- 23A, 28, 29, 38, and 43 of the Aadhaar Act of 2016 for unauthorized collection, storage, and usage of Aadhaar Information of the citizens.
The next hearing of the case has been scheduled for January 14, 2020.
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