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

Sunday, January 22, 2017

10764 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 27th December 2016,

Economic Times
MUMBAI: Imagine buying goods at a merchant outlet and paying by just punching in the Aadhaar number, amount to be paid and fingerprint as your ...

Hindustan Times
Employees at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport will have to carry Aadhaar card to work along with their entry pass from January 1. The Central ...

This series has flagged a puzzling trend. State governments are struggling to use Aadhaar-based fingerprint authentication in ration shops.

Reports are as such that the Aadhaar Payment app comes with zero charges, and is expected to make the digital payment solution accessible to the ...

Asianet Newsable
The UIDAI issued the 100th crore Aadhaar card mark in April this year. In a recent article, Newsable had raised concerns about plans to enable ...

Times of India
"We have procured 87 machines and the records are directly connected to the Aadhaar website. These machines are facilitated with BSNL sims; they ...

Outlook India
While rejecting a claim by a person who furnished an Aadhaar card as an identification proof, the Calcutta High Court has reportedly said that Aadhar ...

There are two ways of doing this. If you have an Aadhaar number, you can opt for e-KYC. Give your Aadhaar number and an OTP authenticates you.

“People only need to have a bank account and their Aadhaar linked to it,” Dr. Rajiv Lall, CEO of IDFC Bank, told reporters. IDFC, alongside the State ...

Hindustan Times
More than 90,000 LPG consumers in Indore district have been denied subsidy as they have failed to link their Aadhaar number under the direct benefit ...

IDFC Bank's Aadhaar Pay app gives us some idea of how these payment systems will work. The app, which can be installed on a retailer's ...

The Wire
Legion discussed potential targets in an interview, including the UIDAI database that holds the Aadhaar data of over 500 million Indians.

Daily News & Analysis
But Aadhaar, Jan Dhan, and smartphones changed the game ... The first pillar is Aadhaar which has given a unique biometric identity to over 1 billion ...

India Today
At the time of filling an application form of JEE (Main)-2017, the candidates will have to enter their AADHAAR number, name, date of birth and gender ...

All pensioners should approach EPF Office along with their PPO Number, Aadhaar Card, bank pass book and mobile phone for necessary registration ...

Punjab News Express
As per UIDAI data Chandigarh has achieved 68.2 per cent Aadhaar saturation to such children enrolment which was only 20.6 per cent last year.

Hindustan Times
This year, students' birthplace and Aadhaar number will be printed on it for the first time. According to board officials, the website servers crashed, ...

PR Newswire India (press release)
The Company provides Aadhaar enabled E-KYC services and Inter-operable transaction services such as Bank Account Opening, Cash Withdrawal ...

This was the first such fair in the country since demonetisation for educating masses on how to use mobile phones or AADHAAR for making payments ...

Economic Times
ATMs will provide biometric access through thumb prints linked with Aadhaar Cards. ATMs will be EMV-enabled, months ahead of RBI's September ...

The Indian Express
He said that Aadhaar number linking with the bank account is very vital to implement the DBT scheme, and this has been achieved 100 per cent in the ...

The Mobile Indian
While the Aadhaar Card will fasten the verification process, if a user doesn't possess the Aadhaar card, other documents like ration card or pan card ...