After underlining its significance in its draft note to the cabinet committee earlier, the National Identification Authority of India Bill approved by the Union Cabinet on Friday has sidestepped critical privacy aspects relating to profiling and function creep — a term used to describe the way in which information is collected for one limited purpose but gradually gets used for other purposes.

According to sources, the draft Bill approved by the cabinet has several clauses to take care of commercial abuse of the UID database and misuse of the number but does not adequately address issues related to profiling.

“The UIDAI law will need to contain restrictions against profiling,” the draft note for the cabinet committee had earlier said. It had also contended that mechanisms would have to be put in place to discourage function creep and misuse of the database...