PANs must be linked with Aadhaar by August 31. Photo: Economic Times

The Supreme Court may have ruled on Thursday that privacy is a fundamental right, but taxpayers will still need to link their PAN (Permanent Account Number) with Aadhaar by the deadline, August 31, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey said on Friday.

“Linking of PAN to Aadhaar is mandated by an amendment in Income Tax Act… the linking will continue under that act and law. There is no change,” Pandey told PTI when quizzed about the implication of the apex court’s ruling on privacy in connection with PAN and Aadhaar. According to Pandey, the Aadhaar Act itself protects the privacy of people as a fundamental right and its provisions provide for the safeguarding of personal data.

“[The Supreme Court] judgment has not said anything about the Aadhaar Act so the Aadhaar Act is a valid Act passed by Parliament [and] is the law of the land. The data will not be shared without the consent of the person. So there are a number of privacy protection provisions inbuilt into the Aadhaar Act itself.”

A nine-judge bench on Thursday stated that “the Right to Privacy is an integral part of Right to Life and Personal Liberty guaranteed in Article 21 of the Constitution.”