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

Thursday, October 8, 2015

8868 - Apex Court Ruling on Aadhaar Welcome - New Indian Express

By The New Indian Express
Published: 08th October 2015 06:00 AM

The Supreme Court’s refusal to relax its order to allow ‘voluntary’ use of the Aadhaar card for some welfare schemes is welcome. It has also referred all the petitions, for and against Aadhaar, to a Constitution Bench, which will now decide whether a citizen can waive his privacy rights on his own by enrolling for the unique identity proof. The apex court had earlier made it clear that the government cannot make Aadhaar mandatory for availing of welfare schemes — though an exception was later made for identification of beneficiaries of LPG subsidy and PDS. The Aadhaar project, initiated by the previous UPA regime, raises serious privacy concerns — biometrics, iris and fingerprints are “the most private personal property.”

There are valid fears that this data of over one billion Indians could be harvested to their advantage by anyone who has access to it, be it government agencies, possible hackers, corporates or worse, anti-national elements. 

The government’s argument that a ‘poor starving man will have no second thoughts about shedding his privacy rights’ cuts no ice. Hence, the court’s counter question: “Just because somebody is poor and starving, should he not have his privacy?” 

The government’s claim that ‘Aadhaar is voluntary and citizens could make an informed choice’ is also wrong. The logic is flawed. Haven’t we seen how people rushed to get Aadhaar and a few had even lost their lives in stampedes in some states? The fear of losing government benefits is forcing people to enrol for Aadhaar — reason why now almost 92 crore citizens have Aadhaar card. It is by no means an informed choice.

For the latter to happen, the government should clarify what it proposes to do with the Aadhaar data and how it proposes to keep it safe. It’s at least understandable if the government cites national security concerns to collect such crucial data. Importantly, it must come up with a regulatory mechanism to ensure that the personal and confidential information of the people is not misused. Without any oversight, it will only be a matter of time before undesirable elements lay their hands on it. This is the minimum the government should do.