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, April 14, 2016

9843 - Digital Wallets Now Being Used By Thieves To Transfer Stolen Money! - Trak.In

There can be myriad usages of Digital wallets: it is an convenient, hassle free way to make all your digital payments, pay your bills and more. But what if the same digital wallets are being used by thieves for sinister objectives?

Something similar has been observed in Delhi, where thieves are now using digital wallets to transfer their stolen money. And going by the ‘convenience’ factor experienced till now, it seems thieves are actually enjoying it.

How Does e-Stealing Work: The Modus Operandi
This gang of thieves would call ignorant customers, posing as bank officials, and then steal vital account related information, which is then used to siphon off the money. The stolen money is then routed via various mobile wallets such as Paytm, PayU Money and more and the trail gets lost.

One such businessman from Delhi claimed that once such fraudster called him and enquired about his ATM card. As soon as he revealed information, he found Rs 85,000 has been vanished from his bank account.

Using the digital wallets is easy, as the obtained bank account number is added to the wallet; and one time password is instantly generated. As soon as this OTP is shared, the money gets transferred, and the trail ends.

One police inspector associated with this case said, “A probe was initiated, during which it was found that the money was transferred to different e-wallets registered through phone numbers that were procured using fake IDs. Once the money was deposited in the e-wallets, they were transferred to different bank accounts. The source of these accounts were traced to Chhattisgarh and the two accused were arrested from Mungeli area,”

Who Are These Thieves?
Police discovered that these thieves belong to good families, and one such member is a BCA graduate, while the other is pursuing degree at college.

Lure of fast money, and the security vulnerabilities of digital wallets have been the encouragement for them.

DCP (crime) Bhisham Singh said that these fraudsters admitted that they disguised as RBI officials, practiced several mock calls to sound official and threatening before calling gullible bank customers.

Earlier, we had reported how bank officials have been found scamming their customers by pulling out money from their bank’s apps. An earlier research have already explained how digital money apps are insecure in India; and how security loopholes are prompting scamsters to steal money from them.

At a time when companies like Mastercard are mulling payment verification using selfies, how will law enforcement agencies and digital wallet firms ensure that frauds doesn’t happen?

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