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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


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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.


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Friday, September 30, 2016

10485 - Authentication for payment via iris technology soon = Live Mint

Last Modified: Fri, Sep 23 2016. 03 58 AM IST


Delta ID’s PoS terminal will authenticate customers’ iris scans to facilitate payments using Aadhaar

Komal Gupta

Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint

The iris technology that is currently part of mobile phones and tablets will soon be used in point-of-sale (PoS) terminals such as cash registers.

Delta ID, an iris technology developer for mobile phones, is planning to make PoS terminals using this technology.
ActiveIRIS, developed by Delta ID, was in the news recently after its iris scan became the first such software to be approved by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).
This technology will now be integrated to be used at PoS terminals to facilitate seamless payments with or without credit/debit cards.
The PoS terminal will scan and authenticate the iris of the customer to facilitate payments using Aadhaar. If the user has linked a bank account to the Aadhaar number, the payment can be made with just the iris scan—the money will be transferred from the customer’s bank account to the merchant’s account. If the customer is using a credit card, the iris scan on the PoS can be used for authentication.
Vivek Khandelwal, vice-president, business development, Delta ID Inc., said this will facilitate a contactless and touch-less experience.
“The next platform that we are looking at, as suggested by UIDAI, is PoS terminals. Imagine a scenario, making a payment without carrying a credit or debit card. Again, if I were to make a payment at a PoS terminal, I would look for higher security and more reliability, which this technology offers,” he said.
PoS terminals include cash registers, computers and hand-held devices that can handle debit and credit cards.
A UIDAI official confirmed that the authority has asked Delta ID to look at more uses for the iris scan software.
With the introduction of the Unified Payments Interface, iris scan can be used for Aadhaar authentication to validate a transaction before transferring money.
“It gives confidence to our customers that this technology has been approved by UIDAI. With less than 1% failure rate, people will be ready to build devices with this technology,” said Khandelwal.
The software was tested in May on Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris by the government’s STQC (Standardization, Testing and Quality Certification) service, in collaboration with the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, a research and development organization of the department of electronics and information technology, and UIDAI.
With more than 1 billion Aadhaar enrolments, the use of Aadhaar for resident authentication including as proof of identity and proof of address and for electronic KYC (know your customer) is expected to rapidly spread across services for government and private enterprises.
This is the market that Delta ID is looking to capture as it believes that iris authentication will be widely accepted as a secure and reliable biometric authenticator. Iris scan works across all age groups.
Rahul Matthan, partner at Trilegal, a law firm, said there are more than 650 million debit cards in circulation in India, but on average, an Indian concludes no more than six non-cash transactions in a year.
“There is no point having PoS terminals with a technology that people don’t use; we have to find a way in which even a roadside person can make cashless payments. If this idea is implemented properly, it can be very revolutionary,” he said.