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, March 23, 2016

9622 - No privacy fear about Aadhaar law: Nilekani - The Hindu

NEW DELHI, March 20, 2016

Nandan Nilekani, former chief of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) heading the Aadhaar project for the then UPA government, said it was time to acknowledge that a good policy idea could be truly bipartisan and that fears of the new Aadhaar Bill (cleared by Parliament this week) would violate privacy were unfounded.

“The previous attempt to enter Aadhaar into the statute books was 4-5 years ago. Much has happened since then in the field of privacy laws and the government’s own experience with the working of Aadhaar. The new Bill reflects all that,” Mr. Nilekani said in an interview to The Hindu.

He pointed out that the new Bill had incorporated several safeguards with regard to privacy as highlighted by the A.P. Shah Committee report.

“The A.P. Shah Committee report was on a privacy law. It put together some of the best practices, so to speak, with regard to protection of privacy. The new Aadhaar Bill has incorporated some of those suggestions. I would say it has robust provisions for protection of privacy,” he said.

Mr. Nilekani, now a Congressman who fought and lost the Lok Sabha polls in 2014 on that party’s ticket, said that his support for the new Aadhaar Bill had not attracted any censure from his party, despite its opposition to it in Parliament.

“I do not want to go into the politics of it, but I do what I think is right. Aadhaar is required to target subsidies, and on balance it reflects most concerns. It is a bipartisan Bill, it was a UPA idea, for which they were kind enough to hire me, and extend full support and autonomy. The new government’s adoption of it shows that if an idea is good, it doesn’t matter which ideology backed it in the beginning,” he added.

The Aadhaar Bill under the UPA had been rejected by the parliamentary standing committee on finance headed by former Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha.

Mr. Nilekani had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, just after the latter came to power. It was that meeting that changed the NDA from being a naysayer to pushing it into the statute books.

The Bill, under the NDA, was introduced as a Money Bill in Parliament in the first part of the budget session that concluded on Wednesday. The Congress managed to get an amendment moved in the Rajya Sabha, but it was rejected by the Lok Sabha thereafter. It now awaits the signature of President Pranab Mukherjee.