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

Sunday, November 22, 2015

9078 - Government to launch web portal listing sex offenders, wanted criminals by March 2017 - DNA

Thursday, 19 November 2015 - 7:50am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: dna | From the print edition

Azaan Javaid

The portal, according to the ministry of home affairs, would be accessed by millions of people across the country and will not only enhance transparency but also reduce processing time.

Women and parents of children, who live under the constant threat of sexual predators, might witness some relief by March 2017, as the Central government on Wednesday approved, among other proposals, introduction of a citizen portal which will constitute a nation-wide comprehensive list of sex offenders. 
The portal, according to the ministry of home affairs, would be accessed by millions of people across the country and will not only enhance transparency but also reduce processing time.
The list of proclaimed offenders, sex offenders and most wanted criminals will be updated regularly with the help othe law enforcing agencies as well as the citizens.

The portal, a part of a new component of the Crime and Criminals Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) project, will also enlist proclaimed offenders and most wanted criminals.
According to the ministry, the portal, which will be created at both Centre and state levels, will speed up the service delivery, bring more transparency and make things convenient for the citizens.
Among other newly introduced components are e-governance projects such as Aadhaar, National Population Register, Vaahan project of the ministry of surfacetransport and National Emergency Response System project of the ministry of home. The project will also include mobile applications for police officials and advanced features such as facial recognition and advance business analytics.
The project, which was sanctioned by the UPA government in 2009, has been delayed and was approved by Union Cabinet on Wednesday.
According to the MHA, the project will see a major revamp with the implementation of Integrated Criminal Justice System (ICJS) which aims to integrate CCTNS with e-courts, e-prisons, forensics and prosecution- the key components of the criminal justice system. 
The CCTNS project had originally started with the objective of interconnecting about 15,000 police stations and additional 5,000 offices. The total outlay for the project is Rs 2,000 crore, out of which Rs 878 crore has already been released to the implementing agencies and the balance will be released during the project implementation period. 
The project also aims to taken into account complaints against police officials by introducing citizen-friendly services which include a component wherein people can go online and report against the cops. 
"The ministry also said that the central citizen portal will have linkages with state level citizen portals which will provide a number of citizen-friendly services. These include services such as police verification for various purposes, including passport, reporting a crime, including cyber crime, and online tracking of the case progress, online reporting of grievances against police officials, accessing victim compensation fund and legal services," a cabinet note from the MHA said.