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

Monday, March 7, 2016

9426 - Editorial: Firm footing for Aadhaar - Financial Express

Bill will pave way for seamless use of unique ID
By: The Financial Express | March 3, 2016 12:20 AM

Various government initiatives, from direct benefit transfers (DBT) to the DigiLocker and a lot more, remain in a limbo due to the lack of legislative backing for the unique ID or Aadhaar programme—that’s a sad state of affairs for one of the government’s most successful projects that, by the end of the month, will have got over a billion enrolments. It is true, the Supreme Court has given the government permission to use the programme for distributing different type of subsidies—R44,035 crore was disbursed in FY15, mostly through either Aadhaar or the Aadhaar payments-bridge—but the programme has never been on a rock-solid footing and has been challenged on many grounds, including privacy. 

This is now set to change with the government all set to bring a Bill in Parliament later today, and since it will be a money Bill, there is no question of it not getting passed. While the founders of Aadhaar have always maintained the system architecture ensures it cannot be abused—it can only answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ for whether a biometric matches an Aadhaar number—it is important that a proper privacy framework be laid down and adhered to, especially given India’s weak privacy laws.

Once Aadhaar has legal backing, as the finance minister has said, a lot more subsidies can be targeted better, subject of course to the state governments identifying the beneficiaries and ensuring their bank accounts are Aadhaar-seeded—potential savings run into well over R1 lakh crore each year at just the central government level. More than that, government departments can start sending digitally signed records of education/caste/property, etc, to the DigiLocker of each citizen. 

Aadhaar-enabled financial transactions of the type being developed by the National Payments Corporation can reduce costs to a fraction and completely transform the payments system, mutual funds will be able to do eKYC to cut costs to a fraction—and hence dramatically increase their target market—and, as the India-stack of patents indicates, there are many more innovations that can ride on Aadhaar. In terms of what it can do to India’s productivity, this is perhaps the most significant pieces of legislation in a long time.