Aadhaar

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

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

9264 - Cops to tell matrimonial sites to verify credentials of users posting profiles - Indian Express


As per the proposed guidelines, prospective grooms and brides have to share details of any government-recognised identity proof such as Aadhaar card, passport or voter card with the sites


Written by Rashmi Rajput | Mumbai | Published:January 14, 2016 4:45 am

TAKING a leaf out of the proposal by the Ministry of Women and Child Development to keep a check on matrimonial websites, the Mumbai Police Crime Branch will soon write to these sites asking them to verify credentials of prospective grooms and brides before posting their profiles online.
Alarmed by the increase in the number of harassment complaints received from women looking for grooms on matrimonial sites, the Ministry of Women and Child Development had recently finalised the guidelines that will be soon sent to the Department of Telecom for notification.

As per the proposed guidelines, prospective grooms and brides have to share details of any government-recognised identity proof such as Aadhaar card, passport or voter card with the sites.
Once the details are vetted, the profiles will be posted. We will write to these websites asking them to put only those profiles that are verified. The details are being worked out,” said Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) K M M Prasanna.
Sources said the website managements would be asked to get in touch with government agencies responsible for generating identification proof and only when they authenticate the details would the profiles be put up.
There are many portals that make it mandatory for the person seeking information to key in his/her Aadhaar card details. The page is then routed to the office of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) which generates Aadhaar card and they in turn generate an One Time Password (OTP) on the registered mobile number while verifying the credentials. The same method could be used by the matrimonial sites and once the information is verified they could move to the next step,” said a senior officer while explaining the process.
In cases where the applicant is an NRI, the same process could be adopted for verifying their Social Security Number (SSN) or a Permanent Account Number (PAN),” added the source.
The reason behind routing the information to government agencies using OTP would help ensure that the information is not misused by the website or any of its employers privy to the detail, and remains only between the seeker and the government agency. Sources said the matrimonial industry, pegged at around Rs 400 crore, was unregulated and these measures would protect bride or groom seekers from being cheated.
We have come across numerous cases where Nigerian nationals posing as Indians have chatted with women and harassed them. In some cases, they also duped them of heavy sums. By imposing these conditions, we would ensure only genuine seekers are posting profiles and not misusing the portals for personal gains,” added the source.
rashmi.rajput@expressindia.com
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