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

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

10816 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 31st January 2017

This lets you send money directly to the recipient's Aadhaar number via the BHIM app. It can be useful if the recipient doesn't have a virtual payment ...

Times of India
The loans are still being distributed on fake Aadhaar and election cards by the MFIs at interest rate as high as 22%-34%, thus raising serious doubts ...

Economic Times
MUMBAI: The next time you visit your neighbourhood gold or silver jewellery store you might have to quote your PAN or Aadhaar card number for ...

Aadhaar Pay Takes Shape in India The idea was announced by Indian authorities late last year as the government ramped up efforts to transform ...

Planet Biometrics
New Delhi is working on a biometrics-backed payment system that will be connected to a user's unique ID number, or Aadhaar. An initial rollout of the ...

Biometric Update
Indian financial institution DCB Bank will soon introduce a new feature at all its branches which enables Aadhaar-registered customers to perform ...

And now, another move that is likely to be announced this year is that of making aadhaar card compulsory for availing of rail concessions.

You may soon have to quote PAN, Aadhaar on gold buys over Rs 50k. Currently, customers are required to undergo the know-your-customer ...

Dear Millennials, it's time that you step into the grown-up world and know all about KYC, PAN Card and Aadhaar Card. Check out the details here.

Biometric Update
Indian citizens are issued Aadhaar's unique 12-digit identification number by registering their two iris scans, 10 fingerprints and facial biometric data.

Calcutta Telegraph
The ministry of petroleum and natural gas has asked public sector oil companies not to insist on schools submitting an Aadhaar number for delivery of ...

The Aadhaar enabled payment system, mobile banking, and plastic cards are methods of digital transactions in India. There are a number of ...


Zee Business
Jan Dhan, Aadhaar, Mobile have been in focus for a period of two years now and it was one of the central themes of last year's economic survey.

Lucideus, an IT risk assessment and digital security services provider, on Tuesday bagged the government's 'Best IT Startup of India' award. Lucideus ...

... with the Reserve Bank of India and solidified the legal basis for Aadhaar, to realise the long-term gains from the Jan Dhan-Aadhaar-Mobile trifecta.

Daily News & Analysis
"We designed Aadhaar as payment address of individual, but no bank picked that up. Post office is the only organisation which has a universal ...

Five things like demonetisation, GDP projections, universal basic income, black money and JAM (Jan Dhan, Aadhaar, Mobile) & BAPU (Biometrically ...

Hindustan Times
Our recent social empowerment model of JAM (Jandhan Aadhaar and Mobile) is an unprecedented disruptive innovation. India now needs to replicate ..