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

Friday, January 20, 2017

10702 - Panel to study security risks amid Centre’s digital push - The Hindu



Amidst the Centre's push for a cashless ecosystem, the Committee of Chief Ministers set up to promote digital payments has decided to set up an official panel to examine security concerns that could arise in such transactions and recommend measures to address them.

The 13-member CMs' Committee, at its second meeting on Friday, also recommended that Aadhaar-enabled payment transactions should be kept free for users. The Unique Identification Authority of India would shortly roll out a common Android-based Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (AEPS) application that has been developed in collaboration with TCS, to ease the cashless payments process for merchants.
The committee on security for digital payments will be headed by IT Secretary Aruna Sundararajan and Telecom Secretary J S Deepak. “Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) would constitute a committee under the chairmanship of Secretary, MEITY and Secretary, Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to examine various security concerns relating to digital payments and recommend measures to address the issues,” an official release said.

Further, it was decided that the RBI should allow authentication through iris scanner and One Time Password (OTP) for AEPS. Additionally, there will be no charge on AEPS transactions. The committee has also pitched for inter-operability of all pre-paid instruments on the United Payments Interface (UPI) platform along with a common QRCode for simplifying transactions.
“In order to use this application for carrying out cashless transactions, merchants will need a smartphone and a fingerprint scanner. Transactions on this application can be done without any card or PIN. The application will be made available to all banks and the banks would encourage merchants in their vicinity to adopt this application,” the release by Niti Aayog said.

The Maharashtra government informed the committee that it will introduce an Aadhaar Bill in the legislative assembly to give legal status to the use of Aadhaar number for various purposes.
To popularize digital transactions the Committee has proposed a detailed review of the Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) regime, inter-linking of various digital payments platforms such as USSD (mobile short codes that can be used to make payments) with UPI, self-boarding by small merchants and a common application for UPI, among others.

It also set a time line of December 25, for roll out of the upgraded version of USSD that will make is simpler to use. It was decided that IT Secretary will prepare a status note on the procurement options for Point of Sales (PoS) machines and Micro Automatic teller Machines (ATMs) to help resolve issues relating to procurement of these equipment.

Post the meeting, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, who is also the Convener of the Committee, along with Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya also met with major telecom companies. “…the need to address issues relating to sufficient bandwidth for financial transactions, last-mile connectivity, affordability and security of digital transactions was discussed and several action points were identified,” the statement added.