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

Saturday, September 17, 2016

10442 - Aadhaar act kicks in as govt notifies rules - Hindustan Times

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New DelhiUpdated: Sep 15, 2016 10:14 IST
Women show their Aadhaar cards while standing in a queue to vote for a panchayat election in Ajmer. (PTI)

The government has come out with a set of rules mandating agencies to inform people the manner in which their information will be used and the nature of recipients with whom it is intended to be shared to ensure that data collected for issuing Aadhaar – the 12 digit identity number – is not misused, a concern raised by rights activists.

These details will be part of the enrolment form that a person applying for the Aadhaar number has to fill.
“Disclosure of information to residents at the time of enrollment will ensure that the latter is fully aware of the agencies with whom his biometric and demographic data is being shared,” ABP Pandey, chief executive of Unique Identification Authority of India or UIDAI, told Hindustan Times.
The rules were notified on Wednesday under the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial, and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016.

It also mandates that agencies will also have to tell individuals that they have the right to access this information and the system in place for the same. Authorities will also have to seek the consent of an individual to collect, store and use his Aadhaar number for a specified purpose.

If a person does not give his consent, the individual will have to be told the alternative to submission of Aadhaar number.
The rules with respect to enrolment, authentication, data security and how information is to be shared also make it mandatory that all data collected by different service agencies are stored in data centres located in India. And, UIDAI will also have to set up contact centres for resolution of queries and grievances of residents.

Allaying fears that those eligible for subsidies and government welfare programmes could be deprived of the benefits because they hadn’t been enrolled in Aadhaar, Pandey said that no government department can deny services in case a person does not have the unique identity number.

“The onus will be on the central or state department to ensure enrollment of beneficiaries who do not have Aadhaar through appropriate measures, including setting up enrollment centres at convenient locations,” he said.