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

Thursday, March 2, 2017


Times of India
"All those members filing claims for withdrawal of funds from their pension account would not be required to submit Aadhaar as mandated in an earlier ...

UIDAI had on 15 February filed a police complaint against Axis Bank, Suvidha Infoserve and eMudhra for breach of Aadhaar biometric data.

NEW DELHI: As the Centre expands the list of government services that would require beneficiaries to have an Aadhaar number, the Unique ...

A three-judge bench, headed by Justice Chelameswar, had on August 11, 2015 referred the batch of petitions challenging the Aadhaar cards scheme ...

The Hindu
Essential: Minister U.T. Khader has said ration cards that have not been linked with Aadhaar will be considered bogus. | Photo Credit: M_A_SRIRAM ...

Times of India
Simply put, from this year, students opting for admission through the RTE quota will need to have their Aadhaar number in place. Once the 12-digit ...

The Hindu
A large number of people visiting the e-service centres on the Collectorate premises here to apply for Aadhaar cards have alleged inordinate delay in ...

The Tribune
The law doesn't provide for linking of UID/Aadhaar with either the bank account or biometric profiling. While the US, Australia, China, France and the ...

The Asian Age
New Delhi: The Delhi police has registered the first case under violation of Aadhaar Act 2016 against a man for allegedly spreading rumours on ...

Times of India
Speaking to reporters, Khader said that the department has been asked to expedite the Aadhaar seeding process with assistance from revenue ...

The New Indian Express
"One of the biggest challenges in making the POS machines Aadhaar-enabled is the high cost of adoption as well verifying its reliability. Tampering ...

The Indian Express
His actions, the complaint states, violate the Aadhaar Act. A police source said the FIR has been registered manually as the term 'Aadhaar Act' is not ...

Hindustan Times
Punjab labour department has made Aadhaar card and self declaration form compulsory for the labourers at the time of registration to avail benefits ...

If your Universal Account Number (UAN) is linked to your Aadhaar and bank account number, you can now you approach the EPFO directly for claims.

Times of India
"Banks have been requested to get Aadhaar on board by March 31. ... of existing bank accounts do not have linkages to Aadhaar, which could be an ...

The Indian Express
Make sure the confirmation is generated on or before March 1. Aadhaar card: Indian citizens have to register to NEET 2017 using the Aadhaar card, ...

Economic Times
This has caused considerable anguish among smaller banks, payments banks and small finance banks which are looking at Aadhaar-enabled ...

... cashless transactions and how to get registered to use services, get aadhaar enrolment, making corrections in aadhaar numbers and host of others.

Financial Express
According to an official with the Gujarat food and civil supplies department, following the completion of seeding of Aadhaar cards of the 72 lakh ration ...

The use of Aadhaar by the Centre and the private sector has prompted security and data privacy concerns by rights groups and activists. The Supreme ...

The Hindu
The passing of the Aadhaar Act as a money bill is in keeping with the general attitude of the current political dispensation towards Parliament (“What ...

Biometrics News Roundup: Preparing For MWC 2017 India's Aadhaar national ID program made headlines last week as the government pursued a ...

During the same event, Nadella spoke with Nandan Nilekani, the co-founder and former CEO of Infosys and the head of the Aadhaar project. During ...

The Tribune
“Another boy submitted an Aadhaar card and a birth certificate that showed different dates of birth. While his Aadhaar card showed his year of birth as ...

The Indian Express
Retirement fund body EPFO has allowed full and final withdrawal