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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.

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

Special

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.


Sunday, March 20, 2016

9579 - You are being watched: The surveillance society of 2016 - Silicon Angle




by Duncan Riley | Mar 17, 2016 | 0 comments

The use of an all-seeing deity may have its roots in various historical religions, often represented by the all-seeing eye. But whether you are religious or not, the belief that you are always being watched is no longer the subject of debate, but of truth.

You are being watched.

You are being watched as you read this article, you are being watched when you use your smartphone or drive your car.

And the new omnipresent deity is the State.

Historical surveillance has roots going back hundreds of years, but it was the ever-efficient Germans who are the fathers of the modern surveillance state.

Although open to dispute, the modern surveillance state stems back to Reichstag fire decree of 1933 which nullified many of the key civil liberties of German citizens, with the right to privacy of communication by mail or telephone no longer existing.

It was Nazis again, this time former Nazis working for the Stasi, East Germany’s Secret Police, that took State surveillance to new heights.

The Stasi had as its goal to “know everything about everyone,” and had in its employ 90,000 full-time workers who were assisted by 170,000 full-time unofficial collaborators, who managed to create files on nearly 6 million East German citizens, out of a population of only 16 million.
But that was then, and the technology available during that time was nothing compared to what we have today.

The scary truth is that State monitoring of its citizens is far more pervasive than even the Communist East Germans could have dreamed.

Every day

When many think of Government surveillance they think of crack FBI or CIA teams tracking down a criminal suspect, bugging a home, camped out in a surveillance van.
While that may still be a method used in law enforcement, it’s no longer necessarily needed to track a potential target of State surveillance because the chances are the Government can already track your movements and what you are doing passively through the all-seeing eye of Government accumulated data.

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Driving a car along a highway or through a tollgate with an electronic tag? Not only does the e-tag provide data of all your movements, many countries now have automatic license plate recognition systems that can track the movement of your vehicle through surveillance cameras, which are themselves all pervasive.

Those same surveillance cameras also support facial recognition technology that is so widespread and easy to access now that you can even utilize it through a web browser for free.
Using public transport? the smart card you’re using to enter and exit is being tracked.

Driving a vehicle with an emergency assist built in? Not every car on the road does, but many late models do and at least in the European Union they are set to become compulsory from 2018; not only can they be used to track your vehicle, but as recently as December last year a woman who fled a hit and run was arrested due to her car calling 911.

The NSA monitors all internet traffic going into and out of the United States, meaning that anytime you access a site or send an email you’re being monitored, and if for example if it includes key trigger words such as Islam or Jihad, it is immediately flagged for attention.

Using a smartphone? They can be tracked as well not only via court order to a telco, but through devices such as the Stinger, exposed by Daniel Rigmaiden, that can pinpoint a phone within two meters at the whim of an investigating officer.

Debit card? credit card? store loyalty card … all are being tracked.


Anything that is digital or being monitored by digital devices can be tracked, and there is no way to escape it, but what has changed in 2016 is that all of that data can now be tracked centrally by the State and although they won’t admit to it everyone has a record with the Federal Government that gathers all sorts of data that can be mined at anytime, or in the case they have reason to suspect you of anytime at all, easily added to.