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, December 24, 2016

10634 - Aadhaar cards being issued to children in homes: State tells High Court - The Hindu

MADURAI: NOVEMBER 29, 2016 01:43 IST

The Social Defence Department has informed the Madras High Court Bench here that it had taken steps to issue Aadhaar cards by photographing 32,772 children and obtaining biometric details of 27,554 of the 32,903 inmates of 594 childcare homes. These included children housed in 236 unauthorised institutions in 13 districts under the territorial jurisdiction of the Bench.
In an affidavit filed before Justices S. Nagamuthu and M.V. Muralidaran, Deputy Director of Social Defence S. Thanasekarapandian said arrangements had been taken to provide Aadhaar cards to all children above six years in the homes. A majority of them had already been subjected to iris and fingerprint scanning.

As for shifting children lodged in unauthorised homes to other authorised homes or uniting them with their families after ascertaining their parentage through DNA tests was concerned, the official said moving them immediately would hamper their education.

There were 348 registered childcare homes and 246 unregistered homes in Dindigul, Kanniyakumari, Karur, Madurai, Pudukottai, Ramanathapuram, Sivaganga, Thanjavur, Theni, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Tiruchi and Virudhunagar districts as on November 11, when the High Court took note of the issue seriously and called for a report.
As many as 135 childcare institutions applied for registration between November 11 and 24 to the District Child Protection Units (DCPU) concerned. Of them, 62 proposals were forwarded to the Director of Social Defence who, in turn, passed orders according sanction for registering 37 institutions up to November 20.
“Action is being undertaken to accord sanction for the remaining 25 institutions. Scrutiny of the remaining 73 applications is being undertaken by the DCPUs concerned for forwarding the same to the Director of Social Defence,” the Deputy Director said, adding 103 illegal childcare homes had not applied for registration.
Six illegal childcare homes were closed down between November 12 and 24 and two others had given an undertaking to surrender all children in their custody pending registration of those homes. The official further claimed that out of 236 missing children, 220 had been united with their families under ‘Operation Muskaan.’
Similarly, out of 14 missing children hailing from other States, 12 had been united with their families. “Details of children in all homes have been uploaded on the child tracking website www.trackthemissingchild.
gov.in,” he claimed.
As for the court’s direction to consider the possibility of creation of a DNA bank with blood samples of missing children as well as their complainants in child missing cases to ascertain the parentage of inmates of child care homes, the Deputy Director said that steps were taken to prepare a blueprint for the creation of such a system.
“It requires the coordinated effort between the Social Welfare Department, Medical and Health Department, Law Department and others. Since various departments are involved in the preparation of the proposal, I humbly plead to accord us a workable time limit to prepare a detailed proposal and submit the same before this honourable court,” the officer said.