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

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

13563 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 22nd May 2018

Times of India
NEW DELHI: About 99% of persons interviewed in a study across 13 states early this year said they had Aadhaar number, 97% had mobile phone and ...

The Hindu
“When we started linking the ration card with Aadhaar numbers, we found that thousands of names were either duplicated or bogus and many of these ...

Times of India
"Syed Nayeem obtained Aadhaar cards by producing false rental deed in the name of Aqeel to obtain residential proof, which in turn were submitted at ...

Business Standard
today arrested along with two locals for allegedly procuring Aadhaar cards, voter ID cards and PAN cards by submitting fabricated documents, the ...

Financial Express
Aadhaar — a 12-digit individual identification number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on behalf of the Government of ...

GQ India
As the season for Income Tax Returns filing looms closer, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has introduced an Aadhaar-based ...

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has launched Aadhaar-based MicroATMs to facilitate card-less and PIN-less monetary transactions ...

With only your Aadhaar number, you get doorstep access to banking services. Over 4 Lakh Aadhaar Micro ATMs (locate one near you from: ...

Aadhaar-enabled smart ration card scheme is all set to be launched in Punjab in June, state minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu said today. The food and ...

Times of India
Chandigarh: The Punjab government has decided to start a smart ration card scheme from June. It will be the Aadhaar-enabled public distribution ...

He further informed that on checking the Aadhaar card bar code of one of ... His UID number was also different which showed that his-Aadhaar card ...

Times of India
At the time of registration, they will give some ID proof like Aadhaar or four-five other things like driving licence. The details will be matched for ...

5 Dariya News
Smart Ration Card Scheme, the Aadhaar enabled Public Distribution System is all set to be launched in June, informed Bharat Bhushan Ashu, the ...

To use Digi Yatra, Aadhaar will be needed only at the time of enrollment. So, that we can identify you. We are working on other digital ID's too: Jayant ...

Punjab News Express
CHANDIGARH: Smart Ration Card Scheme, the Aadhaar enabled Public Distribution System is all set to be launched in June, informed Mr. Bharat ...

BW Businessworld
Back home, there has been a rising debate over violation of privacy of personal data over Modi's much touted social identity number -- Aadhaar.

Times of India
J Satyanarayana, Chairman of Aadhaar-issuing body, Unique Identification Authority of India, is also scheduled to speak at the upcoming session.

It is important to note that applicants have to carry their JIPMER MBBS admit card along with a valid ID proof—Aadhaar/ e-Aadhaar or a passport to get ...

Business Line
We are enabling merchants to accept all kinds of digital payments in POS machines — by card, wallet, UPI, QR (quick response) code, Aadhaar Pay.

Inc42 Media
... the bank is now educating its partner outlets and agents to accept all government-issued identification documents, and not just Aadhaar, for KYC.

The Indian Express
The candidate has to carry their JIPMER MBBS hall tickets along with a valid ID proof (Aadhaar/e-Aadhaar or passport) and the photocopy of same ID ...

... reform programmes working with the Government of India including the Unique ID (Aadhaar) programme, National Population Register Programme, ...

Hindustan Times
Karketa's details were collected from his landlord who had photocopies of his Aadhaar card and other identification documents. His permanent ...

The Telegraph India
Tripura police had recovered fake Aadhaar cards from them and investigations revealed that the cards were morphed at a shop in Deoband.

Monday, May 21, 2018

13562 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 21st May 2018

UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India)'s Aadhaar card has made passport application and renewal easier, said an official tweet posted by ...

“I am a bit worried that Aadhaar is piloted by too many engineers and too few liberal arts majors,” he said to a UIDAI member, Praveen Chakravarty, ...

The petition then traces the history of Aadhaar and its change from being a voluntary scheme into its now near mandatory form. and ubiquitous ...

Kashmir Reader
NEW DELHI: The revenue department has made unique identity number Aadhaar and PAN mandatory for persons seeking a customs broker licence, ...

taxscan.in (press release)
The Central Government has notified Aadhaar and Permanent Account Number ( PAN ) mandatory for Customs Broker License. In a notification ...

The Asian Age
In January this year when he met his friend and asked for the SIM cards and Aadhaar card, the friend told him that they were with Dasri.

Observer Research Foundation
Some of these policies are extensions of past ideas, a work in progress taken forward — Aadhaar or the Goods and Services Tax (GST), for instance.

Live Law
The Rajasthan High Court directed the Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC) to not insist on Aadhaar for submission of online application of ...

The Telegraph India
From the hopeless manoeuvring of the Aadhaar card purely for political interest to the shameful lies about generating employment, the ruling party has ...

In India, the ID is the number, not the card. The identity number is printed on a paper document known as Aadhaar card, which number can be verified ...

The New Indian Express
A utensil seller in Mundaragi told media that Mundragi police on Sunday morning picked them and checked their Aadhaar card, ration card and after ...

Besides this, Aadhaar card related applications will also not be processed.India Post in Agra district maintains two head offices, 90 sub offices and 263 ...

BW Businessworld
In India, he has led some of the most impactful reform programs working with the Government of India including the Unique ID (Aadhaar) program, ...

The Sangai Express
... almost a year while some others asserted that they are yet to be issued Aadhaar cards although they exercise their adult franchise during elections.

The Sangai Express
Alima was in possession of a forged Aadhaar card which claims that she is one Halima Begum (30) of Durgapur Ward No 5, Sona Mura, Tripura.

Times of India
GREATER NOIDA: A 65-year-old woman has alleged she was heckled and thrown out of Dankaur police station when she sought to know why her ...

The Tribune
Nowadays, Aadhaar card is linked with student's details on the portal, so that one student can study at one school only. Earlier, there used to be a ...

Deccan Chronicle
Users will have to provide details like Aadhaar number while availing the service. A password would be generated which has to be entered in the ...

Business Standard
Besides internet connectivity, the CSC is also working as a banking correspondent allowing villagers to withdraw money from the Aadhaar-linked bank ...

The Statesman
... Manglesh Ghildiyal recently conducted an inspection and asked the aviation companies to book tickets of visitors based on Aadhaar card numbers.

Daily Excelsior
The police said that Aadhaar Card was found in the pocket of the deceased, on which his name and address has been mentioned as Vijay Kumar (23) ...

Mumbai, May 20: In the last 12 months around 27 percent people of India have confessed that they have paid a bribe to get aadhaar card, voter card, ...

News Nation
The Aadhaar Card, found in the pocket of the deceased, suggests Kumar as the son of Mela Ram, resident of H.No. 83, Chhattiwali Gali, Ganjot, ...

The move comes amidst a 2017-18 study saying that at least 30 per cent of wage payments were not made on time, with issues such as aadhaar ...

Sunday, May 20, 2018

13561 - Aadhaar Articles dated 20th May 2018

Economic Times
The revenue department has made unique identity number Aadhaar and PAN mandatory for persons seeking a customs broker licence, according to a ...

Users can now get doorstep access to banking services by just using Aadhaar micro ATMs (Automatic trailer machines), said UIDAI (Unique ...

Hindustan Times
Abdul Wahab Shaikh worked out of a small shop in Andheri (West) where he made Pan cards for people and eventually progressed to Aadhaar cards.

Daily News & Analysis
Amid reports of massive breach of social security numbers along with identity theft, US lawmakers, encouraged by India's Aadhaar, explored the ...

The Indian Express
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court reserved its verdict on a clutch of petitions challenging the Constitutional validity of the 2016 Aadhaar Act, ...

The New Indian Express
Sinha also rejected the Aadhaar Bill, because of which the UPA could not provide legal backing. Modi consistently opposed GST as Gujarat chief ...

Kaplan Herald
In case of private services though, a lesser 77 per cent of the respondents in the survey said they would agree to link their Aadhaar with private ...

On April 10, two other non locals were pulled up by MSF for changing their surnames to Luwangthem in their voter identity card and Aadhaar card ...

Business Today
"For example, in India their new biometric system Aadhaar was recently breached, compromising the biometric data on its 1.2 billion citizens," he said, ...

When asked, the non-locals claimed that they were from Hailakandi, Assam but all of them were found in possession of forged Aadhaar cards and ...

The Hindu
The Electronics and IT Department offers all services related to Aadhaar cards. People have been dropping in at the stall to correct anomalies that ...

The New Indian Express
Chief Post Master General, Odisha Circle, Santosh Kumar Kamila said they have been trying to provide better services including Aadhaar facilities to ...

ED Times (blog)
Also Read: Know All About Updating Your Address In Aadhaar Online ... Residence proof along with attested copy of Voter ID/Aadhaar/Passport/LIC ...

The Siasat Daily
Every candidate has to submit Aadhaar Card at the time admission. In order to know the affiliation status of junior colleges, the candidates are advised ...

Hindustan Times
Further, the beneficiaries will also be linked up with Aadhaar and thus they won't be able to get benefit of any other government housing scheme in ...

... like cows and buffaloes in the state were branded with a special 12-digit unique identification number (UID), almost like Aadhaar for citizens.

Times of India
“With the government mandating authentic ID cards for availing any scheme, members of the community must have Aadhaar card and and voter ID.

Times of India
"They got off at Nepal, from where they sneaked into India by crossing the border based on bogus Aadhaar cards. They strapped the bars to their ...

Hindustan Times
... exam, they must bring at least one original photo identity card like driving licence, passport, pan card, voter ID Aadhaar Card or school or college ID.

Daily News & Analysis
... often at the mercy of discretion and the continued misuse by private parties – as seen in the unlawful sharing of Aadhaar data by private players.

Outlook India
Washington: Amid reports of massive breach of social security numbers along with identity theft, US lawmakers, encouraged by India's Aadhaar, ...

Morung Express
Through 30 stalls, the camp extended legal counseling, on spot registration for construction workers by labour department, Aadhaar registration, ...

Telangana Today
From Monday onwards, the farmers can approach Tahsildars with Aadhaar card to avail Passbooks, but whereas cheques will be available at mandal ...

Telangana Today
This can be used to update KYC including Aadhaar and PAN numbers and bank account details. Once approved, the claim process becomes easier.

Shockingly, the survey said people had to pay a bribe even for getting basic identification documents as seven per cent paid a bribe to get an Aadhaar ...

Kaplan Herald
If students have their mobile number linked to Aadhaar card, they do not have to go to the MeeSeva centre for verification of certificates,” said ...

13560 - UIDAI asks Centre for Internet & Society to provide hacker details - TNN

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the regulatory authority for Aadhaar, has written to a Bengaluru-based research organisation, Centre for Internet & Society (CIS), seeking details about a suspected hack attack on government websites that led to the leak of information about 13 crore users.
Mahendra Singh  |  TNN  |  Updated: May 18, 2017, 14:03 IST

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the regulatory authority for Aadhaar, has written to a Bengaluru-based research organisation, Centre for Internet & Society (CIS), seeking details about a suspected hack attack on government websites that led to the leak of information about 13 crore users.

In a recent report, CIS had highlighted that websites run by various government departments, owing to a poor security framework, had publicly displayed sensitive personal financial information and Aadhaar numbers of beneficiaries of certainprojects.

In its letter, UIDAI argued that the data downloaded from one of the websites could not have been accessed unless the website was hacked. As hacking is a grave offence under the law, the UIDAI has asked CIS to provide details of the persons involved in the data theft.

According to a source, the UIDAI said that access to data on the website for the 'National Social Assistance Program' was only possible for someone in possession of authorised login details, or if the site (http://nsap.nic.in) was hacked or breached. The UIDAI said in its letter that such illegal access was against the provisions of the Aadhaar Act, 2016, and the IT Act, 2000, and that the persons involved had committed a grave offence.

Asking the CIS to reply before May 30, the UIDAI also said, "Aadhaar system is a protected system under Section 70 of the IT Act, 2000, the violation of which is punishable with rigorous imprisonment for a period up to 10 years." It added that the penalty clauses for violations are also provided in Section 36, Section 38 and Section 39 of the Aadhaar Act.
The UIDAI, however, maintained that even if the Aadhaar details were known to someone it did not pose a real threat to the people whose information was publicly available because the Aadhaar number could not be misused without biometrics.

The UIDAI letter said, "While, as your report suggests, there is a need to strengthen IT security of government websites, it is also important that the persons involved in hacking such sensitive information are brought to justice for which your assistance is required under the law."

"Your report mentions 13 crore people's data has been 'leaked'. Please specify how much of this data had been downloaded by you or are in your possession or in the possession of any other persons that you know. Please provide the details," the UIDAI added in its letter. The UIDAI also urged CIS to provide the details of the persons/organisations with whom it shared the data, if it did


13559 - Plea in HC raises concerns over security of Aadhaar data -

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 
Last Updated at May 18, 2018 21:10 IS

A fresh plea was today moved in the Delhi High Court raising concerns about Aadhaar data security and privacy of individuals, in the wake of several reported leaks of personal information of people from the Unique Identification Authority of India's (UIDAI) database.

The matter, seeking directions to the Centre to either allow people to opt out of the system or deletion of the entire existing UIDAI data in view of the security breaches, came up before a bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekhar which declined to hear it now as the Supreme Court was dealing with the Aadhaar issue.

The high court listed it for hearing in August.

The petitioner, Kerala-based lawyer Shamnad Basheer, has alleged in his plea that there were several breaches of the Aadhaar system leading to leakage of personal information of individuals since January this year and contended that UIDAI and the Centre were liable to compensate people whose data was compromised.

Referring to one such breach, the plea said a media house had managed to gain access to the entire database by paying a sum of Rs 500.

It said the breach, which was acknowledged by UIDAI and later led to the lodging of a criminal case against those involved, was a result of a leak of the "access control" given to some individuals.

The petition has contended that the breaches occurred due to the "negligence and willful recklessness" on the part of UIDAI to adopt reasonable security measures to secure the private information.

It also claimed that UIDAI was obligated to frame a comprehensive information security and privacy policy and sought action against the National Informatics Centre (NIC) for its alleged failure to adhere to security practices.
The plea further seeks setting up of an independent investigative committee to probe and audit all security and privacy breaches of the Aadhaar database.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 21:10 IST

13558 - Prof. Shamnad Basheer Moves Delhi HC Against Aadhaar Data Leak; Demands Exemplary Damages - Live Law

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13557 - Supreme Court judge Jasti Chelameswar retires - Scroll.In

In keeping with tradition, he sat in the chief justice’s court with Dipak Misra and Justice DY Chandrachud for a short period on Friday.

Published Yesterday · 01:52 pm Updated Yesterday · 04:58 pm.


Friday was the last working day for Justice Jasti Chelameswar, the second senior-most judge in the Supreme Court. The judge is set to retire on June 22 but his last working day was on Friday, when the Supreme Court closes for the summer vacations. By the time it reopens on July 2, his tenure would be over.

Dispelling speculation that he would break with tradition, Chelameswar sat in the chief justice’s court with Dipak Misra and Justice DY Chandrachud on Friday. It is a tradition in the Supreme Court that a judge who is retiring from office sits in the chief justice’s court on their last working day. However, since he had turned down an invitation by the Supreme Court Bar Association for his farewell – another tradition – there were rumours that he would not appear in the chief justice’s court on his last working day.

The bench convened at 10.35 am for a short period of time, Bar and Bench reported, adding that three members of the Bar paid their tributes to the judge in open court.

Advocate Prashant Bhushan said, “Future generations will remember your contribution to democracy and the country,” while senior advocate Rajiv Dutta thanked Chelameswar for “upholding the ideals of the institution”. Advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan, in his farewell speech, also thanked the judge and said his grace towards junior members of the Bar will always be appreciated.

Dissenting voice
Chelameswar was one of the four Supreme Court judges who had in January openly protested against alleged maladministration in the top court on Chief Justice Dipak Misra’s watch. In March, he wrote to Misra expressing concern about the government’s interference in judicial functioning.

He has spoken up in several other matters, including some relating to judicial appointments, the collegium system, and had also gone public with his decision to boycott meetings of the collegium, alleging lack of transparency and accountability. He also played a major role in getting the chief justice of India to disclose decisions the secretive collegium made on the Supreme Court’s website.

Lost the chance to be India’s chief justice
Chelameswar was appointed additional judge in the Andhra Pradesh High Court in 1997. While he was made Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court in May 2007, he was not elevated to the Supreme Court till until October 2011. The unexplained delay denied him the chance to be chief justice of India.

His landmark judgements include striking down Section 66A of the Information Technology Act. He also headed the bench that referred the matter on Aadhaar’s privacy concerns to a larger Constitution bench.

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