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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


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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

Quotes

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.


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Monday, October 12, 2015

8918 - Facebook warns multinationals face billions in privacy costs


Senior Facebook executive warns of huge costs for firms following Data Protection decision


Part of Facebook's future European plans is to open a €200m data centre in Meath

US multinationals could face billions in extra costs if the Irish Data Protection Commissioner directs Facebook to suspend its data transfers from Europe to the US, a senior executive in Facebook has said.

"It would be very expensive to divide out data so that it's stored only in Europe," said the executive, who did not wish to be named. "We would have to build new data centres [in Europe]."
Facebook recently unveiled plans for a €200m data centre in Meath, its second European facility. Google has also announced plans for a new €150m data centre in Dublin.

"We would probably also have to halt some product development while we rethink the architecture of how the data was stored and dealt with," said the executive.

The comments come days after the European Court of Justice told the Irish Data Protection Commissioner to re-examine a case involving the privacy of European users' Facebook data in the US. The court said that because US authorities engage in mass surveillance of European personal information on site such as Facebook, the Irish regulator may have to "suspend" data transfers on the social network between the EU and US.
But such a decision would prove costly and difficult for companies based here.

"We store several copies of each photo uploaded to Facebook in several different data centres in case one site goes down," said the Facebook executive.

But these backups, which are part of Facebook's 'redundancy' capacity, are stored in different data centres around the world, said the executive.

"Facebook is a free service," said the executive. "That's a lot of added new cost for a free service."

Like other data-intensive companies, Facebook has previously said that the European Court of Justice ruling, which strikes down the US-EU 'Safe Harbour' data-transfer agreement, would not significantly affect Facebook's operations straight away.
Instead, it said that the company could revert to other legal methods, such as user consent or 'model contracts', to ensure legal compliance with existing European rules.

However, the European Court of Justice said that 'Safe Harbour', which gave Facebook and 4,400 other companies legal cover to transfer data from the EU to the US, was thrown out because it did not protect fundamental European privacy rights. Respect for those rights, said the court, is incompatible with US mass surveillance practices exposed by the NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden.

In this context, the court said that the Irish Data Protection Commissioner may have to suspend Facebook data transfers from the EU to the US.

The case is likely to have global ramifications for Microsoft, Google, Apple and other giant tech corporations based in Ireland. It may also affect internet users' experience.
Irish regulator Helen Dixon is unlikely to complete any investigation until late 2016.
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