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 scholar Usha Ramanathan describes 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"


Here is what the Parliament Standing Committee on Finance, which examined the draft N I A Bill said.

1. There is no feasibility study of the project]

2. The project was approved in haste

3. The system has far-reaching consequences for national security

4. The project is directionless with no clarity of purpose

5. It is built on unreliable and untested technology

6. The exercise becomes futile in case the project does not continue beyond the present number of 200 million enrolments

7. There is lack of coordination and difference of views between various departments and ministries of government on the project


What was said before the elections:

NPR & UID aiding Aliens – Narendra Modi

"I don't agree to Nandan Nilekeni and his madcap (UID) scheme which he is trying to promote," Senior BJP Leader Yashwant Sinha, Sept 2012

"All we have to show for the hundreds of thousands of crore spent on Aadhar is a Congress ticket for Nilekani" Yashwant Sinha.(27/02/2014)

TV Mohandas Pai, former chief financial officer and head of human resources, tweeted: "selling his soul for power; made his money in the company wedded to meritocracy." Money Life Article

Nilekani’s reporting structure is unprecedented in history; he reports directly to the Prime Minister, thus bypassing all checks and balances in government - Home Minister Chidambaram

To refer to Aadhaar as an anti corruption tool despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary is mystifying. That it is now officially a Rs.50,000 Crores solution searching for an explanation is also without any doubt. -- Statement by Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP & Member, Standing Committee on Finance

Finance minister P Chidambaram’s statement, in an exit interview to this newspaper, that Aadhaar needs to be re-thought completely is probably the last nail in its coffin. :-) Financial Express

The Rural Development Ministry headed by Jairam Ramesh created a road Block and refused to make Aadhaar mandatory for making wage payment to people enrolled under the world’s largest social security scheme NRGA unless all residents are covered.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

12099 - Aadhaar Articles dated 23rd September 2017

NDTV Profit
Linking of Aadhaar has been made mandatory for many essentials. These range from applying for a PAN or Permanent Account Number to filing ...

New Delhi: Salaries of Special Police Officers or SPOs who are posted across Jammu and Kashmir would now be made through Aadhaar-linked bank ...

Banks and telecom companies have been sending constant reminders to link Aadhaar to your respective accounts, but is that mandatory or even legal ...

Times of India
Meerut: The state project director of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan has instructed all the CDOs to ensure 100% Aadhaar enrollment for students of classes III, ...

Economic Times
As a financial services entrepreneur aiming to enable access to financial products for every Indian, I feel strongly that secure mobile Aadhaar-based ...

The UAN remains portable throughout the lifetime of an employee, who doesn't have to apply for PF transfer claims while changing jobs. Business ...

Hindu Business Line (blog)
Have you ever tried to change your address in a bank using Aadhaar. The process is simple. But are bank officials aware of the nuances? Surprisingly ...

NDTV Profit
The UIDAI or Unique Identification Authority of India is looking to recruit engineering and management graduates for its Aadhaar team. The UIDAI, the ...

Free Press Journal
Ghaziabad: The police on Friday arrested a Bangladeshi citizen living illegally in Ghaziabad. The police have registered a case against the accused.

Trak.in (blog)
Now, UIDAI, the statutory authority behind Aadhaar has taken notice of this, and have issued a notice to Airtel, asking some serious questions.

The Hindu
Having carried out almost fully the linking of database of beneficiaries of the public distribution system (PDS) with Aadhaar numbers, the authorities of ...

Business Standard
He said that the Government is proposing to link driving license with Aadhaar number to stop their duplication. Several crore fake gas connections ...

New Delhi, Sep 23: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has been looking for engineers and management graduates for their Aadhaar ...

Telangana Today
... to create awareness on Mudra loans, Stand-Up India loans, PMSBY, PMJJBY, APY, Aadhaar Seeding, Aadhaar Authentication, Mobile Seeding etc.

Economic Times
... composite form, which is a declaration document filed by employee through employer to provide details like bank account number and Aadhaar.

... MyGov, who was present at the meeting, sought to allay privacy fears related to the database, specifying that it did not require Aadhaar details.

The Tribune
... matter that these unauthorised immigrants had been provided ration cards, voter cards and even Aadhaar cards, besides electricity connections.

The Tribune
Chandigarh: The registration for participation in e-auction of vehicle registration numbers of the series CH01-BP will be held from October 3 to 9.

Times of India
It was Subramanian who had coined the acronym JAM - which stands for Jan Dhan, Aadhaar, Mobile - to encourage technology-enabled, ...

Times of India
Further, out of the total, 46 lakh beneficiaries had been linked with Aadhaar numbers to facilitate money transfer under direct benefit transfer (DBT) ...

Times of India
Madurai: As a step towards realising late President Abdul Kalam's dream to make people in villagers internet savvy, the 'digital village programme' ...

The PIL also sought making of forged or fabricated PAN Cards, Aadhaar Cards, Passport, Ration Cards or Voter Cards a non-bailable, ...

Nagaland Post
Vizo also asserted linking of aadhaar to different schemes as an attempt to streamline development activities in the line of “Sabka Saath, Sabka vikas”.

Free Press Journal
Stating banking system as the lifeline of the economy, he said, “The Aadhaar law have been legislated. A large number of Indians have their unique ...

12098 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 22nd September 2017

Times of India
As far as the legality of the directive is concerned, he says "It's under a cloud and there are right now doubts that exist about the legality of the Aadhaar ...

Times of India (blog)
They are the links – or, rather, Links with a capital L – between the aam admi's Aadhaar card and the aam admi's bank account/ accounts, mobile ...

Outlook India
Over 18,000 people in Haryana did not get their pensions for August as they had submitted incorrect Aadhaar numbers or not linked the cards to ...

NDTV Profit
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), credited with the Aadhaar project, is looking for management professionals to join its team in Delhi ...

Eastern Mirror
Dimapur, Sep. 21 (EMN): The Nagaland GB Federation has on Thursday stated that making Aadhaar mandatory of all official works especially with ...

Times of India
"Online facility to correct details in Aadhaar was launched to help citizens correct mistakes, but the facility is being misused by brokers to get fake ID ...

Zee News
The prohibition and excise department of Telangana has asked all pubs owners across the city to ensure that their clients carry Aadhaar cards to ...

Mathrubhumi English
Kasaragod: Consumers who have failed to produce Aadhaar number before September 30 will not get food grains through the Public Distribution ...

Summary: IMPHAL: Chief minister Biren Singh has asked MLAs and deputy commissioners from the hill districts to ensure the completion of Aadhaar ...

The Ken (subscription)
With over 1.17 billion Indians enrolled, Aadhaar is the world's largest unique identity project today. As things stand today, India Stack is the only ...

The Indian Express
The continuous attacks on Aadhaar data was another significant data breach related to financial access and identity theft in the country. Globally ...

Outlook India
Adityanath urged farmers to link their bank accounts with Aadhaar and ordered the district administration to organise camps at block and tehsil levels ...

It provides services such as Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (AePS), RuPay card, Immediate Payment Service (IMPS), Unified Payments Interface ...

Times of India
“The state government had asked us to provide four mandatory information – mobile number, account number, plot number and Aadhaar card – of ...

Economic Times
... Kumar said the banks are also working to install 20 lakh Aadhaar Pay-enabled PoS terminals to promote digital payments at small merchant outlets.

The Hindu
... has been marked by dynamic suggestions and analysis to do with the economy — including coining of the term 'JAM trinity' (for Jan Dhan, Aadhaar, ...

Economic Times
He touched upon everything from Aadhaar and the privacy issue debate to the Infosys crisis. He expected candidates to be on the ball and talk about ...

... for not reaching office on time, thanks to the Aadhaar-enabled biometric attendance system (AEBS) introduced in municipal offices across the city on ...

On the privacy front, the company has also steered clear of linking Tez with Aadhaar, because of a “lack of clarity” on the rules around the linkage, ...

Hindustan Times
The SSP said that his team also recovered the Aadhaar card of one of the accused from the spot. “He was immediately taken into the custody and on ...

You just need to submit a copy of your Identity Proof i.e. Driver's License, Voter ID, Aadhaar Card, Address Proof i.e. Passport, Electricity bill, ...

Times of India
... Centre's Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), out of which 87% have already been linked with the Aadhaar numbers of the account holders.".

The Asian Age
Under this scheme, all beneficiaries with Aadhaar-enabled bank accounts can go to their respective fair price shops and using biometric identification ...

Times of India
Chennai: It isn't unusual for 36-year-old autorickshaw driver S J Sasikumar to see ambulances zoom past his stand on Greams Road. But exactly a ...

The Hans India
The Collector also advised the farmers to enter the details of their Aadhaar card and bank account numbers in record along with their land details for ...

12097 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 21st September 2017

Economic Times
NEW DELHI: The UIDAI today said over 1,000 bank branches of 42 private and public sector banks have opened Aadhaar enrolment and updation ...

The Hindu
The government has provided a mobile registration kit for enrolling people under Aadhaar in Mangaluru taluk. It will be enabled within three days, ...

The bench also refused to grant the NGO's interim plea for a stay on the rollout of the Aadhaar-linked point of sale (POS) machines at fair price shops ...

The Indian Express
The praise comes in the backdrop of continuing privacy concerns in India about Aadhaar. It also comes when there is growing distrust in the ...

New Delhi Times
The High Court on Tuesday said that at least not Aadhaar card but some type of ID was needed as a proof for Delhiites to claim the subsided food ...

India Today
The prohibition and excise Department has asked owners of all pubs across Hyderabad to ensure that their clients carry Aadhaar cards to prove their ...

The man has knocked the door of the Supreme Court against Aadhaar card after he didn't get any relief from the Bombay High Court. John Abrahim, a ...

Kashmir Reader
SRINAGAR: Around 49 percent of beneficiary ration cards are seeded with their Aadhaar, Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs ...

Nagaland Post
Therefore, the NGBF has appealed to the government not to enforce linking Aadhaar with BPL card, saying that would lead to the majority of BPL card ...

Times of India
IMPHAL: Chief minister Biren Singh has asked MLAs and deputy commissioners from the hill districts to ensure the completion of Aadhaar enrolment ...

RushLane (blog)
Modi government is now close to making it mandatory for citizens to link their Aadhaar card with their driving license. This process is set to take off from ...

The Tribune
“The hard copy of the Aadhaar Card would be delivered at the residential address of the parents directly by the Unique Identification Authority after a ...

Times Now
Since his first account was linked with the Aadhaar card, it was selected automatically. Since a loan of Rs 0.01 was shown on March 31, 2016, ...

Economic Times
... and initiatives like Digital India, Aadhaar and Demonetisation. Storage leads to privacy compromise. Time limits should be established for erasure.

mAadhaar is a mobile app from UIDAI or Unique Identification Authority of India on which a person can download his/her Aadhaar Card. However ...

Hindu Business Line
But the legality of threatening customers with penalty and deactivation does not hold up because the Aadhaar Act 2016, does not allow for the same.

State Times
JAMMU: BJP State President and MLA Sat Sharma inaugurated an Aadhaar Enrolment Camp in the presence of senior citizens and local BJP leaders ...

India Legal
A Mumbai man is single-handedly fighting the system against the imposition of Aadhaar. John Abrahim, a resident of Andheri, has not taken an ...

Gears Of Biz
Google has categorically dismissed all the privacy concerns users shared with the company's Tez payments app, noting in particular that it is not ...

Eastern Mirror
Dimapur, Sep. 19 (EMN): The Naga Students Federation on Tuesday stated that the linking of Aadhar to SIM cards is free of cost and informed the ...

Kashmir Observer
Srinagar—Around 49 percent of beneficiary ration cards are seeded with their Aadhaar, Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs ...

Times of India
The state wanted to follow in the Centre's footsteps by making its transactions cashless with the use of Bhim-Aadhaar Pay App, a biometric-based ...

The development comes at a time when the government is pushing banks to adopt the Aadhaar Pay, a payment system where users can link their ...

The Ken (subscription)
Then they discovered Aadhaar, India's unique identity project. In iSpirt, Aadhaar found the perfect host for replication. India Stack was the result. Today ...

The Hindu
Now, at 87, Mr. Sorabjee says he is looking forward to making his arguments in a pending case on Aadhaar. Excerpts from a wide-ranging interview:.

India Today
Apart from the code, the consumer needs to carry their Aadhaar card as well. "You have to produce your Aadhaar card. We will not deliver JioPhone ...

New Kerala
Step 2: He/She has to enter PAN, Aadhaar no. and confirm through OTP sent ... confirmation of OTP sent on mobile number registered with Aadhaar.

12096 - MN Exclusive: LGBTQ finds advocate in former AG Mukul Rohatgi - TNN

Sep 20, 2017, 2:00 PM IST | Source : MIRROR NOW

Members of the LGBTQ community who are pinning their hopes on the Supreme Court’s judgement regarding the right to privacy have now found a strong advocate in former Attorney General of India, Mukul Rohatgi.

“The only way to go back (to the Supreme Court) is what is called a curative petition”, said Mr Rohatgi in an exclusive interview with MIRROR NOW.

Keeping in view our concepts of privacy, I hope that the five-judge bench set to hear the matter will take a modernistic view and not a Victorian view, added the former Attorney General.
The Delhi High Court had made away with Section 377 in order to decriminalise homosexuality. However, the Supreme Court of India had then reversed the HC’s order in order to uphold Section 377.

As a nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court said that the right to privacy is a fundamental right guaranteed under Article 21 of the constitution of India, political analysts have speculated how this historic ruling can have a considerable impact on the Aadhaar validity case in addition to the case on Section 377 and the DNA profiling bill.

Regarding Section 377 that criminalises homosexuality, the apex court did not strike down the section, but however, it did condemn discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. This condemnation has raised hopes for LGBTQ activists who have been rooting for the decriminalisation of Section 377 as the case is yet to be heard by the curative bench of the SC of India.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

12095 - MCA21 registration: Law Ministry asks Centre to defer making Aadhaar compulsory - Indian Express

It suggested the postponement of mandatory linking of Aadhaar “to avoid any controversy which may lead to embarrassment from the concerned quarters”.

Written by Amitav Ranjan | New Delhi | Updated: September 19, 2017 9:08 am

While refusing to give a legal opinion “since the various provisions of the Aadhaar Act were sub judice”, it advised the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) to “await the final decision of the Supreme Court in this regard”.

Following the Supreme Court ruling that states Right to Privacy as a fundamental right, the law ministry has told the government to defer its plan to make submission of Aadhaar details compulsory for corporate stakeholders in the e-business register MCA21.

While refusing to give a legal opinion “since the various provisions of the Aadhaar Act were sub judice”, it advised the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) to “await the final decision of the Supreme Court in this regard”.

It suggested the postponement of mandatory linking of Aadhaar “to avoid any controversy which may lead to embarrassment from the concerned quarters”.

The caution came five days after a nine-judge constitution bench of the apex court ruled on August 24 that privacy was intrinsic to freedom of life and personal liberty guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution. The matter was referred by a five-judge bench hearing a clutch of petitions challenging the Aadhaar Act.

In April, the MCA posted on its website that it was “actively considering Aadhaar integration for availing various MCA21 related services” and asked DIN holders, directors, managerial personnel, company secretaries and chartered accountants to obtain Aadhaar “as early as possible for integrating their details with MCA21”.

“When implemented, all MCA21 services shall be available based on Aadhaar-based authentication only. The date of Aadhaar integration with MCA21 would be announced shortly …,” it said. The move was aimed to weed out bogus entities and identify shell companies suspected to be used for laundering illicit funds.

However, five months later, MCA developed cold feet following the realisation that Aadhaar details on “MCA21” — the public portal that serves as the registry for the Registrar of Companies — would be freely accessible to the public as the Companies Act stipulates that any person can inspect these documents and obtain their certified copies to submit as “evidence in Court of Law”.

The MCA asked Legal Affairs Department to advise whether the personal information and documents on the MCA21 could continue to be disclosed on the public platform in spite of the Aadhaar and the Information Technology acts that do not allow sharing of personal information of individuals with the public.

The second query was whether it could term the Aadhaar number as “sensitive” data or information to bar public access considering that the IT (Reasonable Security Practices, Procedures and Sensitive Personal Data or Information) Rules forbid any information that is freely available or accessible in public domain or furnished under the RTI Act to be termed as “sensitive”.

12094 - Google Tez: Company Says It Doesn't Store Aadhaar Details, Addresses Privacy Concerns - NDTV

Google Tez: Company Says It Doesn't Store Aadhaar Details, Addresses Privacy Concerns 

Manish Singh, 19 September 2017

  • Google has clarified that its Tez app doesn't store Aadhaar information
  • Tez doesn't even require you to provide your Aadhaar information anywhere
  • The company has addressed other privacy concerns as well
Google has categorically dismissed all the privacy concerns users shared with the company's Tez payments app, noting in particular that it is not storing any users' Aadhaar information.
Ahead of the Google Tez launch conference on Monday, the digital payments app became available to download via Google Play and the App Store in India. Since then, a reference to Aadhaar in the Google Tez app's terms of service started circulating on social media.

In the terms of service of Tez app, Google noted that any user who receives money on Tez app gives the company consent to allow the sender to store a host of information including bank account number and Aadhaar number for the purpose of sending the payments.

Does Tez store Aadhaar information?
In a televised interview with NDTV's Vikram Chandra on Monday, Google's Caesar Sengupta clarified that neither Google nor any user can store the Aadhaar information. He said the company made reference of Aadhaar in the terms of service as that feature could be added in the future. But as of today, it's not there.

"There is a feature called PayByAadhaar in UPI. What it does is, if you know somebody's Aadhaar number, you can send them money," Sengupta explained. "This is an optional feature in UPI and there is a huge lack of clarity around legal and regulatory frameworks on how to use it. So we choose not to use it. Right now we don't take Aadhaar number, we don't store it, we don't do anything with it."

Google is at present trying to get clarity on how the frameworks on how to use PayByAadhaar. If it is satisfied and thinks that it adds user value, it may introduce it in the future. If it does introduce PayByAadhaar, which could be made mandatory by NPCI in the future, it will inform the customers about it.

The company has also since updated the terms of service for Tez, to remove reference to Aadhaar. There, the company says, "Tez does not support the Pay to Aadhaar feature, though it may do so in the future with notice to you and in accordance with applicable laws."

No Custom VPA in Google Tez
UPI uses virtual payment address (VPA), which is a much simpler identification number to quickly allow a customer to send money to one another. So for instance, instead of a 12-digit bank account of a user, a person will only have to remember the short VPA address which could look like apple@okicici, for instance. Users can also pick their own custom VPAs. If you have accounts with multiple banks, you will have multiple VPAs.

Google Tez doesn't offer the ability to create a custom virtual payment address, and the limitation surprised many. Diana Layfield, VP of Google's Next Billion Users, said the app doesn't offer the ability to allow VPAs because only banks have been offered that functionality.

Microphone access in Google Tez
Some users also expressed concerned when they found that Tez app required access to microphone. At the press conference, Sengupta said microphone is being used to enable Cash Mode feature, which allows customers to send money to people around them without even knowing their phone number or any other details.

Cash Mode uses Audio QR (AQR), a proprietary technology Google has built, which uses ultrasonic sound waves to communicate. So that's why Tez asks for access to microphone, Sengupta said.