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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.

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

Special

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.


Friday, December 23, 2016

10580 - Meeting biometric authentication deadline a big challenge for banks - Live Mint

Last Modified: Wed, Nov 09 2016. 02 48 AM IST


Banks say there is still a long way to go before the supporting infrastructure is put in place for biometric authentication-based transactions on ATMs and PoS machines

Komal Gupta

The decision came on the recommendation of a RBI working group favouring use of Aadhaar as an alternative for additional authentication of domestic card transactions. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint

New Delhi: With less than two months left to meet the deadline set by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), banks are moving towards enabling ATMs and point of sale (PoS) machines they will install in the new year to allow Aadhaar-based biometric authentication.

Banks say there is still a long way to go before the supporting infrastructure is put in place for biometric authentication-based transactions on ATMs and PoS machines.

Last month, RBI issued a notification asking all banks to ensure that ATMs and PoS machines deployed from 1 January are enabled for accepting chip-enabled cards as well as those authenticated using a personal identification number (PIN) or the Aadhaar unique identification number and biometric verification.

The decision came on the recommendation of a working group established by RBI favouring the use of Aadhaar as an effective alternative for additional authentication of domestic card transactions.

“It is the incremental engagement that is getting secured, but the existing inventory also needs to be updated in order to eliminate the chances of data breach,” said Puneet Kapoor, senior executive vice-president at Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. “It will take some time before we reach a position where we can say that we have really optimized the opportunity of biometric authentication.”

The introduction of biometric-enabled PoS machines will allow more people to perform Aadhaar-based financial transactions because of the large issuance of RuPay cards under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, a government initiative to ensure every household has access to a bank account, said Ritesh Pai, senior president and country head of digital banking at Yes Bank Ltd.
“Biometric-enabled PoS machines are also expected to ease the experience of financial transactions for a large number of users and it also ensures higher security levels,” Pai added. “This will spur a gradual adoption of such infrastructure throughout the ecosystem, and eventually we are likely to see only biometric-enabled infrastructure to be present for card acceptance with older devices being replaced.”

With more than 1.07 billion Aadhaar enrolments, the use of Aadhaar for authentication of proof of identity and proof of address and for electronic know your customer verification is expected to pick up in the coming months.

“For a card present transaction, PIN is a factor for authentication. In the place of the PIN, we can use biometric authentication. The latter will be more authentic in comparison to the first one,” said an official at Federal Bank who didn’t want to be named. “So, theoretically at least, if the card is dumped, the thumbprint alone will be only a single factor authentication, though more secure than the card and PIN combo.”
This official said RBI’s 1 January deadline will be a “challenge” for banks to meet.

Delta ID Inc., an iris scan technology developer, is in talks with some banks for use of its software in PoS terminals and ATMs.
“With the addition of biometrics, payments will change for the better for both consumers and banks. We will start seeing both fingerprint and iris [scan] in PoS devices next year. Biometrics ensures low fraud and associated risks,” said Vivek Khandelwal, vice-president of business development at Delta ID.