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, February 3, 2017

10821 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 2nd Feb 2017

Times of India

Digitisation, the most common word in circulation these days after demonetisation, is what Arun Jaitley is betting on to drive the triad of transparency, ...

Indian government unveils sweeping proposals to reduce the use of cash - NFC World

Budget 2017: Tax exemptions to ensure PoS affordability - Livemint

Budget 2017: Govt goes the whole hog on digitisation - VCCircle

An Aadhaar-enabled payment system will be launched soon, finance minister Arun Jaitley announced in his Budget speech for the financial year (FY) ...

New Delhi, Feb 1: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced that an Aadhaar-based payment system will be launched soon. It will be called ...

Brighter Kashmir
Chief Secretary, B R Sharma Wednesday chaired a video conference with DCs to review the progress of Aadhaar enrolment of students and Aadhaar ...

Aadhaar registrations set to receive fresh impetus this year with the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announcing two new Aadhaar schemes under ...

Economic Times
... including two schemes to promote the new payments app Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM), a merchant version of the Aadhaar-enabled payment ...

Aadhaar is a Unique Identification Number (UID) for all residents of India issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). Aadhaar ...

Tech in Asia
The focus on “JAM” (Jandhan-Aadhaar-Mobile) was clear. (Jandhan is a financial inclusion scheme that lets people open bank accounts even with ...

The Wire
The simple solution would have been to say that all donors should give Aadhaar card numbers and there is hardly anybody without it now. And any ...

Times of India
A few, however, remain sceptical as an increasing number of facilities are linked to Aadhaar."Many of us are worried that our personal details will be ...

Economic Times
Aadhaar Pay, an Aadhaar number-linked digital payments system, to be launched soon. Government sets a massive target of 2,500 crore digital ...

Since the authentication to the e-filing website now requires you to furnish your netbanking user ID and password or an Aadhaar-based OTP in the ...

GlobeNewswire (press release)
Linked to the Indian Aadhaar program, the world's largest biometric identity system with more than 1.1 billion people enrolled to date, this solution will ...

They will need to have an Aadhaar Number to fill up the online application. Only candidates of Jammu & Kashmir, Assam and Meghalaya have been ...

Hindustan Times
Arun Jaitley announced plans for 'Aadhaar pay,' an Aadhaar enabled payment system for people who do not have debit or credit cards, mobile ...

The Northlines
UID/Aadhaar-based surveillance does not end with the collection of fingerprints and iris scan, it goes quite beyond it and poses a lethal threat to the ...

Biometric Update
ActiveIRIS system includes a cloud based solution and is also certified for use with Aadhaar, India's national biometric identity system. “The acquisition ...

The Indian Express
... introduction of an Aadhaar-based payment system called Aadhaar Pay, strengthening payment infrastructure and grievance handling mechanisms, ...