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, March 17, 2016

9519 - Private Information and Aadhaar for Life - New Indian Express

By The New Indian Express
Published: 14th March 2016 06:00 AM

The Aadhaar card has more or less become a reality of our life with the Lok Sabha passing the Bill on March 12. It was a good idea to make it a part of the Finance Bill so that it did not have to be cleared by the Upper House. As the ruling party does not enjoy majority in the Rajya Sabha, it could have faced the same fate as the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill. Now there is only one hitch facing Aadhaar. The Supreme Court has ruled that while the card could be used on a voluntary basis, the government cannot deny citizens their rights simply because they do not have Aadhaar.

What is most encouraging is that 97 per cent of adult citizens in the country have already obtained Aadhaar cards. Nearly 60 per cent of children have also received the cards. Given the fact that everyday seven lakh people are issued new cards, the target of cent per cent coverage is within reach. In view of the recent developments, the apex court can be expected to take a more lenient view. To be effective, all government subsidies like the ones on liquid petroleum gas (LPG), food materials and payments under the employment guarantee scheme should be linked to Aadhaar. The hundreds of crores of rupees spent on preparing and delivering the cards can be recovered if corruption in subsidy payments can be stopped. That is why the Central and state governments have been keenly implementing the programme. Significantly enough, in the short debate on the Bill, the Opposition seemed to register its protest just for formality. In fact, it showed an element of eagerness to welcome the Bill.

True, the Opposition raised concerns over the biometric and other details the government has gathered for the card. Since private agencies are involved in collecting the personal details of the people, there are concerns that such information could be a security risk. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has listed the steps the government is contemplating to protect this information. But, as one of the MPs pointed out, there is the danger of classifying people on the basis of at least four classes. Such divisions will have dangerous consequences for the country and the government would do well to honour its promises.