The UIDAI has taken two successive governments in India and the entire world for a ride. It identifies nothing. It is not unique. The entire UID data has never been verified and audited. The UID cannot be used for governance, financial databases or anything. It’s use is the biggest threat to national security since independence. – Anupam Saraph 2018

When I opposed Aadhaar in 2010 , I was called a BJP stooge. In 2016 I am still opposing Aadhaar for the same reasons and I am told I am a Congress die hard. No one wants to see why I oppose Aadhaar as it is too difficult. Plus Aadhaar is FREE so why not get one ? Ram Krishnaswamy

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.-Mahatma Gandhi

In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.Mahatma Gandhi

“The invasion of privacy is of no consequence because privacy is not a fundamental right and has no meaning under Article 21. The right to privacy is not a guaranteed under the constitution, because privacy is not a fundamental right.” Article 21 of the Indian constitution refers to the right to life and liberty -Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi

“There is merit in the complaints. You are unwittingly allowing snooping, harassment and commercial exploitation. The information about an individual obtained by the UIDAI while issuing an Aadhaar card shall not be used for any other purpose, save as above, except as may be directed by a court for the purpose of criminal investigation.”-A three judge bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar said in an interim order.

Legal scholarUsha Ramanathandescribes UID as an inverse of sunshine laws like the Right to Information. While the RTI makes the state transparent to the citizen, the UID does the inverse: it makes the citizen transparent to the state, she says.

Good idea gone bad
I have written earlier that UID/Aadhaar was a poorly designed, unreliable and expensive solution to the really good idea of providing national identification for over a billion Indians. My petition contends that UID in its current form violates the right to privacy of a citizen, guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution. This is because sensitive biometric and demographic information of citizens are with enrolment agencies, registrars and sub-registrars who have no legal liability for any misuse of this data. This petition has opened up the larger discussion on privacy rights for Indians. The current Article 21 interpretation by the Supreme Court was done decades ago, before the advent of internet and today’s technology and all the new privacy challenges that have arisen as a consequence.Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP Rajya Sabha

“What is Aadhaar? There is enormous confusion. That Aadhaar will identify people who are entitled for subsidy. No. Aadhaar doesn’t determine who is eligible and who isn’t,” Jairam Ramesh

But Aadhaar has been mythologised during the previous government by its creators into some technology super force that will transform governance in a miraculous manner. I even read an article recently that compared Aadhaar to some revolution and quoted a 1930s historian, Will Durant.Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Rajya Sabha MP

“I know you will say that it is not mandatory. But, it is compulsorily mandatorily voluntary,” Jairam Ramesh, Rajya Saba April 2017.

August 24, 2017: The nine-judge Constitution Bench rules that right to privacy is “intrinsic to life and liberty”and is inherently protected under the various fundamental freedoms enshrined under Part III of the Indian Constitution

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the World; indeed it's the only thing that ever has"

“Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.” -Edward Snowden

In the Supreme Court, Meenakshi Arora, one of the senior counsel in the case, compared it to living under a general, perpetual, nation-wide criminal warrant.

Had never thought of it that way, but living in the Aadhaar universe is like living in a prison. All of us are treated like criminals with barely any rights or recourse and gatekeepers have absolute power on you and your life.

Announcing the launch of the#BreakAadhaarChainscampaign, culminating with events in multiple cities on 12th Jan. This is the last opportunity to make your voice heard before the Supreme Court hearings start on 17th Jan 2018. In collaboration with @no2uidand@rozi_roti.

UIDAI's security seems to be founded on four time tested pillars of security idiocy

1) Denial

2) Issue fiats and point finger

3) Shoot messenger

4) Bury head in sand.

God Save India

Friday, July 20, 2018

13778 - Once bitten, twice shy: DNA Profiling Bill revives fear of Aadhaar-like data breach - Down to Earth

Once bitten, twice shy: DNA Profiling Bill revives fear of Aadhaar-like data breach

Thursday 19 July 2018
While the Bill has a provision of punishing those who leak information, it does not guarantee that DNA data won't be breached

                    For those who have seen how Aadhaar created more problems than what it had set out to solve, data abuse is a concern that is on top of their mind. Credit: Wikimedia Commons
 For those who have seen how Aadhaar created more problems than what it had set out to solve, data abuse is a concern that is on top of their mind. Credit: Wikimedia Commons
After years of deliberation, criticisms and modifications, the DNA Profiling Bill is, once again, back on the government’s agenda. Once again, people are asking, why? Why do we need another Aadhaar-like system where we have to reveal biological identities?
DNA profiling is commonly used in criminal investigations, for example comparing one or more individuals' profiles to DNA found at a crime scene to assess the likelihood of their involvement in the crime.
Under the draft Bill, the government will set up DNA data banks across India to "strengthen and support the justice delivery system of the country". These data banks will maintain a national database for the identification of victims, suspects, missing persons and unidentified human remains and is expected to increase conviction rates in cases such as murder, rape and human trafficking. 
Once bitten, twice shy
While the government is planning one more searchable database on the lines of Aadhaar, people who have seen how Aadhaar created more problems than what it had set out to solve, data abuse is a concern that is on top of their mind. People have suffered, and they are still suffering not only because of the procedural glitches in the project, but also how people were excluded from welfare programmes and denied rations and pensions for no fault of their own.
When it comes to data security, the Bill does not guarantee that data won’t be open for abuse, except that it has included a provision of imposing jail term of up to three years and a fine of up to Rs 100,000 on those who leak information stored in such facilities. For example, how will the government ensure that “no person to whom information is communicated or who has access to information under this Act shall use that information for any purpose other than for which the communication or access is permitted under the provisions of this Act”?
When the DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2018, was first envisaged as a DNA “profiling” bill by the department of biotechnology in 2003, privacy was not a fundamental right. In August 2017, the Supreme Court ruled that privacy is a fundamental right and an integral part of Right to Life and Personal Liberty guaranteed in Article 21 of the Constitution.
Caste connection
The Bill, which has been lined up for discussion at the ongoing monsoon session of the Parliament, will not only give intrusive details like DNA data, but also gender and caste.
According to activists, who are opposing the Bill, tagging caste with genetic data could be dangerous in a country that has a history of linking caste and community with criminality. It could lead to harassment of certain communities.
Other pressing concerns
The Bill does not set a limit on how long someone’s DNA will be kept on record. Government recently claimed that the DNA database will not store data permanently and will be removed, subject to “judicial orders”.
Moreover, there is ambiguity over whose DNA samples will be taken. The Bill specifies that “no bodily substances shall be taken from a person who is arrested as an accused of a crime (other than the specified offences) unless the consent is given for the taking of the bodily substances”. It also says that all the information available in the crime scene index shall be retained. This means that samples of whoever was present in the crime scene and left behind any DNA will be collected and included in the database.
The Bill also gives a sense that the powers of the Centre supersede the powers of both the DNA Profiling Board and the courts. If the Bill is passed in its current form, without a foolproof security mechansim, adverse consequences will far outweigh benefits.
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Thursday, July 19, 2018

13777 - Aadhaar racket busted in Delhi, police find fake stamps, 461 cards and biometric systems - Hindustan Times

Fake stamps of the district magistrate, fake affidavits, 461 Aadhaar cards and biometric systems were recovered from the accused who ran an Aadhaar card racket in Delhi’s Shastri Nagar.
DELHI Updated: Jul 01, 2018 16:13 Ist

HT Correspondent 
Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Both men were arrested after police received a tip-off about the illegal Aadhaar card centre.(Pradeep Gaur/Mint File Photo)

Delhi Police on Thursday busted an Aadhaar card racket being run illegally in North Delhi’s Shastri Nagar and arrested two men. Fake stamps of the district magistrate, fake affidavits, 461 Aadhaar cards and biometric systems were recovered from the accused.
The accused were identified as Vikash Kumar(27) and his associate as Sushil Kumar (25). Police recovered from the accused a fake rubber stamp of the district magistrate (east), fake affidavits, 52 fully prepared fake plastic Aadhaar cards in the name of different people, 400 partially completed plastic cards, 54 visiting cards, three finger print scanners, two eye scanners, web cameras and laptops used for printing.
Police said the office had a sign board that mentioned, “Government Authorised Centre of Aadhaar Card”. Vikash Kumar told police that he had been running a photocopying shop in Shastri Nagar since 2013, commissioner of police (north) Vinit Kumar said.

“He and his associate then worked for a private firm authorised to issue Aadhaar cards as data entry operators. A user ID and password was provided to them for making Aadhaar cards. The men then procured equipment required for printing and scanning candidates profiles and started using the same user ID to make fake cards,” the officer said.

Police found that the men charged Rs 400-500 per Aadhaar card.
“The other accused Sushil Kumar corroborated the version of Vikash Kumar. Their version regarding the Aadhaar user ID having been reactivated and role of the company they worked with is being examined,” he said.
Both men were arrested after police received a tip-off about the illegal Aadhaar card centre.
“A police officer was sent to the centre who impersonated as a customer wanting to get his address on the Aadhaar card changed. He went to the shop and paid ?500. In the meantime, a police team raided the centre and apprehended the two men who were found working there,” the DCP said.


13776 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 18th July 2018

TRAI Chairman RS Sharma has said that apps should collect minimal data just as UIDAI does to give 12-digit Aadhaar numbers to people. Some apps ...

Financial Express
Virtual ID system and UID token are different forms of Aadhaar number, and those should be deemed as the 12-digit biometric number for identity ...

Biometric Update
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has opened up Aadhaar auditing to allow banks and telecommunications providers to use any ...

The government's mandatory rule of asking every Indian citizen to enroll for Aadhaar scheme came as a boon to one family in Maharashtra.

The Telegraph India
Months later, Suman, a Miami-based economics professor and filmmaker, is happy to share the deets of his first Hindi film Aadhaar, starring Vineet ...

Out of these, it seems like only 6.2 crore were linked to Aadhaar cards. This is quite shocking since the Government has made the Pan and Aadhaar ...

Beebom (blog)
Not a month passes by that we don't hear reports about an abusive use of Aadhaar, breach of database security, massive data leaks by government ...

It said 60 ATM (SBI) cards, 199 letters of thanks issued by the Allahabad Bank for opening accounts and 1,125 Aadhaar cards were also recovered ...

Around 30,000 Pakistani refugees, mostly Hindus have been granted Long Term Visas (LTVs) since 2011, the Economic Times has reported. They will ...

He booked an appointment through a government-run app and turned up with his Aadhaar number, a unique identity provided by the government of ...

Times of India
Professor of economics and filmmaker Suman Ghosh, who lives in Florida, is back in the city for his debut Hindi film titled Aadhaar. It stars Vineet ...

Greater Kashmir
The ADC, who was speaking in a meeting convened here, also directed the departments to immediately submit details of Aadhaar registration of ...

The system supports card-based and card less transactions using the customer's biometric (Aadhaar -- India's national ID) throughout the process.

There are two steps in this process: One, “seeding”, or linking Aadhaar numbers with the names of all beneficiaries, and two, compulsory ...

Deccan Herald
Aadhaar will become a must for citizens who want to avail guaranteed on-time government services from the comfort of their home under the flagship ...

The New Indian Express
The faculty members also alleged that even after terminating them, the principal used 'our Aadhaar numbers, our certificates and our personal details' ...

Times of India
The minister said that as many as 98 percent of the ration holders have linked Aadhaar to their ration card. He however added that the government will ...

Hindustan Times
Following the linking of ration cards to Aadhaar and the introduction of the biometric system in all 52,000 ration shops, the government introduced ...

The Indian Express
While he has a bank account and aadhaar information linked to it to avail all government schemes, he has not been informed about the DBT scheme ...

Intending players from each respective district should bring their full kits, Medical Book, Aadhaar card copy and 3 passport size photograph while ...

Daily Pioneer
Apart from that having an Aadhaar Card is mandatory if you decide to avail the scheme. Also, you have to be at least 21 years old in order to apply for ...

Or is it that they don't want it to affect Aadhaar and Justice Srikrishna does? Is there a point to the Srikrishna Committee, since the bill may never get ...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

13775 - ‘Dismantling India’: A grim account of 4 years of Modi government

‘Dismantling India’: A grim account of 4 years of Modi government

(From right to left) Social activist Shabnam Hashmi, former diplomat and senior write Ashok Bajpai, senior leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, economist Arun Kumar, human rights activists John Dayal and Leena Dabiru at the launch of the repor, ‘Dismantling India’

Titled ‘Dismantling India’ and put together by a team of distinguished experts, the study complains about the failing economy, rising unemployment, atrocities against minorities under the BJP govt

A damning report scrutinizing the performance of the Narendra Modi government in its first four years was released on Saturday.
In last four years of Modi government, there have been 214 reported cases of attack on civil society and freedom of expression, 228 cases of attack on education and reported news around and more than 400 cases of Hate and Targeted Violence against Muslims.
Titled Dismantling India and put together by a team of distinguished experts, the study complains about the failing economy, rising unemployment, atrocities against minorities and Dalits, surge in sectarian violence and the state of law and order among other important issues under the Bharatiya Janata Party-led (BJP) government. The document also gives a detailed account of critical happenings that have taken place in the country since 2014.
This report is 355 pages 29 writers have written 25 articles touching different aspect of Indian Society, from culture, economy to gender issues , media, judiciary, foreign policy defence etc.
Speaking at the launch of the report at Delhi's Constitution Club, economist Arun Kumar said that workers in the informal sector had bored the brunt of current government's economic policies. "The farmers are in distress. There are not sufficient jobs being created, affecting employment numbers. Demonetisation and then the poor roll out of the GST did further damage to the economy," said Kumar.

Speaking on the recent spate of mob lynchings across the country, Harsh Mandar rightly noted, “There is an atmosphere of fear being created in the country. Anybody can get killed by a mob. But the majority community is not affected by it. It is just the minorities”
He noted that the Prime Minister hadn't answered a single question in Parliament on demonetisation. "On top of everything, constitutional institutions are facing an existential assault," he said.
"The society has been polarised and India is being converted into a hate republic," said social activist Harsh Mandar, adding that even children were being brainwashed on religious lines.
Speaking on the recent spate of mob lynchings across the country, Mandar rightly noted, "There is an atmosphere of fear being created in the country. Anybody can get killed by a mob. But the majority community is not affected by it. It is just the minorities."
"My identity has been reduced to just being a Muslim woman," decried erstwhile Planning Commission's member Saeeda Hameed. "I have always seen myself as an Indian first," she said. Hameed said that she had been jolted to the core by the spreading of venomous hate and sectarian violence.
She slammed the government on its foreign policy, saying that the government had failed to protect its age-old alliances with neighbours such as Nepal, Maldives and Sri Lanka, who were now drifting in China's camp.
"The Prime Minister is directly responsible for India's disastrous foreign policy," she said.
Jurist Usha Ramanathan mentioned the grave irregularities in implementing Aadhaar to convey how the Centre was hell-bent upon securing business interests. The rights, safety and comforts of the common citizen have completely been set aside.
Kavita Krishnan of Communist Party of India (ML) threw light on the anti-woman, anti-democratic aspect of the Modi government. The way the BJP leaders came out in support of the accused in Kathua rape case clearly reveals the government’s stance. “The BJP government is busy in dividing people and spreading hatred,” said Krishnan.
Shabnam Hashmi, who is one of the people to have brought out this report, said the report exposed the false claims of the Modi government. “The report consists of data indicating that the country has been thrown in the pyre of hatred and destruction,” she said.

13774 - AAdhaar Articles Dated 16th July 2018

Economic Times
NEW DELHI: Those with Aadhaar numbers in India has crossed the landmark 2011 census figure. Nearly 92% of the population and almost every ...

If you have your Aadhaar registered mobile number you can check your Aadhaar update history, said UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) in ...

Economic Times
PANAJI: The biometric data of Aadhaar cannot be hacked even if someone tried a billion times, Union Minister for Information Technology Ravi ...

The Telegraph India
New Delhi: The Union health ministry on Thursday said Aadhaar cards were not required for treatment under the National Health Protection Scheme, ...

The Hindu
People who had turned up at the Collectorate here on Saturday for registration or making changes for Aadhaar cards were told that the centre was ...

Panaji: The biometric data of Aadhaar cannot be hacked even if someone tried a billion times, Union Minister for Information Technology Ravi Shankar ...

Times of India
Thanks to her Aadhaar card and persistent efforts of district legal services authority, she found her family. Lakshmi Bhai, who hails from Jalgaon district ...

Financial Express
Amid a flurry of reports stating that Aadhaar-based payments have improved efficiency of Direct Benefit Transfers (DBTs), economist and rural jobs ...

The Asian Age
This in spite of cooperation minister Subhash Deshmukh assuring the Legislative Assembly that the government would take steps to make Aadhaar ...

Nearly 30,000 Pakistani nationals, mostly Hindus, have been granted Long Time Visas (LTVs) since 2011, making them eligible to obtain PAN and ...

5 Dariya News
The Deputy Commissioner directed all the sectoral/Block level officers for registration of CPIS and preparing the list of all employees who are Aadhaar ...

The Asian Age
Mr Shirsat, whose right hand was maimed, failed to obtain an Aadhaar card, as the fingerprints of his left hand were not recorded properly. Sena MLAs ...

Times of India
"Aadhaar is the new technology which takes all your information. Human identity has now become a number. Earlier it was the name and address of a ...

The Indian Express
However, Aadhaar card/E-Aadhaar, EPIC, PAN card, driving license and Pay Pension Order will be accepted as proof of Date of Birth only if it has the ...

India's digital leap – consisting of a combination of Jan Dhan, Aadhaar, rising mobile penetration and a Goods and Services Tax regime – is ...

The Wire
The MoRD statement says: “Contrary to the belief in the article regarding APBS [Aadhaar Payments Bridge System], it is worth mentioning that Aadhar ...

Zee News
Monika claimed to have the Aadhaar card of the woman which reads she is the wife of Dr Gagan Bhagat. "We are not divorced and I have filed a ...

Financial Express
Although the Income Tax Department has again extended the deadline to link one's Aadhaar number with the PAN card, there are some tasks which ...

Programmes like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Jan Dhan Yojana, Aadhaar and Ujjwala Yojana have managed to change the lives of millions across India ...

The Telegraph India
The photocopy of an Aadhaar card of found from the crime spot led to the arrest of the three members. Those absconding will be nabbed soon," said ...

The Tribune
Those who do not possess Aadhaar cards are required to have a Unique National Academic Depository ID. Details can be accessed through the ...

The Hindu
... nine-acre fertile land parcel in Medipally village in Yacharam mandal by blurring the image of the real owner on the Aadhaar card and sold the land ...

The Hindu
Eligible youth with supporting income and educational qualification proofs along with Aadhaar enrolment card must reach the Mekala Abhinav ...

Daily News & Analysis
... Deshmukh on Friday informed the State Assembly that there are 2.40 lakh farmers who can't avail loan waiver for the want of Aadhaar card.

Times of India
Up to Rs 250 is being charged for processing Aadhaar cards when government rules state that CSCs cannot charge more than Rs 25 for any service.