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

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

9608 - OPINION » LETTERS - Aadhaar Bill and privacy - The Hindu

March 19, 2016

Aadhaar Bill and privacy

Privacy is a basic requirement in order to lead a dignified human life and the right to life implies this vital aspect, although it might not have been specifically spelt out in the Constitution (“Privacy is a fundamental right”, March 18). It is not correct to say that only lawbreakers should be scared of the possibility of an invasion of privacy. Unless there are checks and balances, a person’s Aadhaar number can become a standard data point in all business, banking and legal transactions when related to investments, payments, permits, taxes, property deals, hospital payments, document registration and travel. All aspects to do with life and health can be probed with leads made accessible through Aadhaar. Our data systems are not secure and watertight and the people who maintain these systems are vulnerable to pressures and inducements.
A.N. Lakshmanan, Bengaluru

The Aadhaar scheme has been “sold to us” as a tool exclusively meant for the disbursement of subsidies. As part of this, millions of people have registered their biometric details. Now the Opposition feels that the privacy of a billion people could be compromised and agencies could misuse data to profile and target an individual (Editorial, March 18). Why has it become a regular feature that when something good is introduced there is always opposition to it without proper reasoning?
C.K. Subramaniam, Navi Mumbai

The writer’s claim that the newly enacted Aadhaar Bill compromises personal privacy is curious. Today the government can tap anybody’s telephone or conduct electronic surveillance of anyone without the help of Aadhaar data. No one’s privacy is sacrosanct or inviolable. Even in the U.S., one of the most advanced liberal democracies, personal privacy is under serious threat as the ongoing Apple Inc. versus FBI stand-off shows.
C.B. Ravi, Chennai

The right of privacy is well established in international law. The core privacy principle in modern law may be found in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in Article 12. Besides this, philosophers and ethicists have described privacy as an indispensable characteristic of personal freedom. No group has a greater stake in the protection of privacy than the new inhabitants of cyberspace. Let us enjoy the benefits of the future while preserving the freedoms of our past.
K.M.K. Murthy, Kochi

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