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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 scholar Usha Ramanathan describes 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

Special

Here is what the Parliament Standing Committee on Finance, which examined the draft N I A Bill said.

1. There is no feasibility study of the project]

2. The project was approved in haste

3. The system has far-reaching consequences for national security

4. The project is directionless with no clarity of purpose

5. It is built on unreliable and untested technology

6. The exercise becomes futile in case the project does not continue beyond the present number of 200 million enrolments

7. There is lack of coordination and difference of views between various departments and ministries of government on the project

Quotes

What was said before the elections:

NPR & UID aiding Aliens – Narendra Modi

"I don't agree to Nandan Nilekeni and his madcap (UID) scheme which he is trying to promote," Senior BJP Leader Yashwant Sinha, Sept 2012

"All we have to show for the hundreds of thousands of crore spent on Aadhar is a Congress ticket for Nilekani" Yashwant Sinha.(27/02/2014)

TV Mohandas Pai, former chief financial officer and head of human resources, tweeted: "selling his soul for power; made his money in the company wedded to meritocracy." Money Life Article

Nilekani’s reporting structure is unprecedented in history; he reports directly to the Prime Minister, thus bypassing all checks and balances in government - Home Minister Chidambaram

To refer to Aadhaar as an anti corruption tool despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary is mystifying. That it is now officially a Rs.50,000 Crores solution searching for an explanation is also without any doubt. -- Statement by Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP & Member, Standing Committee on Finance

Finance minister P Chidambaram’s statement, in an exit interview to this newspaper, that Aadhaar needs to be re-thought completely is probably the last nail in its coffin. :-) Financial Express

The Rural Development Ministry headed by Jairam Ramesh created a road Block and refused to make Aadhaar mandatory for making wage payment to people enrolled under the world’s largest social security scheme NRGA unless all residents are covered.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

10871 - FIR AGAINST THREE FIRMS FOR MISUSING STORED AADHAR BIOMETRICS - Daily Pioneer

FIR AGAINST THREE FIRMS FOR MISUSING STORED AADHAR BIOMETRICS
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 | Souvik Mitra | New Delhi

In a first, an FIR has been registered against three firms and the chairman of SKOCH group Sameer Kocchar and other individuals for attempting unauthorised authentication and impersonation by using stored Aadhaar biometrics and spreading false rumour about the Aadhar ecosystem .
The firms under the scanner are Axis Bank, Mumbai-based Suvidhaa Infoserve and Bengaluru-based eMudhra. The three firms have been served a “notice for action” under Aadhaar regulations. The individual booked in the case has been identified as Gaurav Vasant Nikam.
On the basis of UIDAI Assistant Director General Yashwant Kumar’s complaint with the cyber cell, FICN, Crime Branch of Delhi Police, the FIR was registered under sections 409, 419, 120B of the Indian Penal Code and section 66 and 66C of the Information Technology Act. 
The complaint was filed after UIDAI detected an exact biometric match in multiple consecutive transactions which the authority said was not possible without the biometrics being stored and their unauthorised use.
Kumar in the FIR alleged that an article published by chairman of Gurgaon based Think Tank Skoch group, Sameer Kocchar, claimed that Aadhar Authentication system is flawed and vulnerable. The article also claimed that it is possible that the authentication of the resident can be done by using stored biometric.

To substantiate the claim, Kochar had posted a video as a demonstration. On the evening of 13th February, Kochar used Twitter to spread false information/rumours that Aadhar has been hacked wherein he also referred to the said article.
The issue was enquired by the UIDAI Headquarters and it was found that the video posted in the said article presumably demonstrated a woman performing authentication under the name of Gaurav Vasant Nikam.

Thereafter the authentication records of Gaurav Vasant Nikam was checked and UIDAI officials noticed that he performed 397 biometric transactions between July 14, 2016 and February 9, 2017. Out of these, 194 transactions were performed through Axis Bank, 112 through eMudhra and 91 through Suvidhaa Infoserve.

But the question that popped up was that multiple transactions were performed concurrently with different Authentication Using agencies (AUA) — Axis, eMudhra and Suvidhaa — which suggested that these type of transaction were replayed by the developer, who is common for all the three AUA and attempted the illegal operations.
It was also observed that only one device was used per AUA, suggesting that only one developer performed the authentication, read the FIR.


Further the profile of Nikam was checked on Facebook and Linked-In, and his biometrics which were used, showed an address which matched the demographic records of Aadhaar. Police said they are investigating to establish the whereabouts of Nikam and there are indications that there could be more persons involved in this racket.