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, October 6, 2015

8822 - Aadhaar crucial for poor in accessing services, govt aid - TNN

Rajeev Deshpande,TNN | Oct 5, 2015, 02.59 AM IST

NEW DELHI: A bar on use of the Aadhaar platform can impede efforts to provide banking access to 60 crore rural Indians currently deprived of the facility due to lack of a nationally accepted unique identity and disrupt the success of UID-linked payment gateways in transacting a staggering Rs 192 billion through 565 million discreet transfers. 

Aadhaar-linked services are not only vital for transparent and efficient online "anytime, anywhere" verification system, but can be part of a cradle-to-grave system that dramatically improves access of the poor to services like purchase of SIM cards, security verification for employment and loans, besides faster and reliable access to social schemes. 

The UID platform relies on capture of minimalist data and its central depository is located in spatially distributed data centers within India secured physically and logistically by using security tools and monitored 24x7x365 to offer strong guarantees against theft or misuse by any official agency, criminal enterprises or rogue elements within the system. 

The privacy concerns raised before the Supreme Court are also being addressed by the UID authority's refusal to share biometrics with anyone, including an enrolled member, laws overseeing Aadhaar users like banks, passport departments and Election Commission and dispersal of data across unlinked servers with no common management. 

Aadhaar's utility as an instant know-your-customer service is reducing time spent on verification and generating savings for agencies ranging from LPG companies to banks that have to maintain paper records and details. The number of rural employment guarantee transactions has crossed 16 million and those relating to cooking gas have touched 527 million. 

The UID is particularly relevant for poor migrants who find ration cards issued at their home addresses of little use in new locations. An Aadhaar ID removes this problem, allowing quick access to private and government services and consequently reduces the need for a local godfather for fake documentation, often at a cost. The use of the online system for purchasing SIM cards can potentially reduce a major security hazard - the use of documentation provided by one user for other illegal transactions. 

The UID revolution has seen more than Rs 19,000 crore transacted through the Aadhaar payment bridge and its progress will eliminate proxy identity documents like driving licences, ration cards, certification by local authorities and other such means that are often not reliable. The Aadhaar system is geared to handle 100 million authentication requests a day and the model is easily scalable. 

Studies have shown that with removal of ghost users and duplications, the Aadhaar system could generate an internal rate of return of 52% for the government. The applications also offer an opportunity for e-commerce and private insurance through an identification system that is in sync with the government's security requirements. An e-sign facility does away with the need for a digital signature certificate and an ink signature and supporting documents.