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

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

11057 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 17th April 2017

Times of India (blog)
Aadhaar, the largest digital identity programme in the world, is now being acclaimed as a marvel of India's technological innovation and prowess.

Economic Times
The Bill passed by the Lok Sabha last week makes Aadhaar mandatory for driving licences and vehicle registration. * It proposes alterations in ...

Times of India
PUNE: Duplication of Aadhaar mapping with the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has been raised by citizens hesitating to link their ...

The Hindu
The Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation (TACTV) has said that those who want to get their Aadhaar details corrected, can do so from Monday ...

"Mandatory quoting of Aadhaar/Enrolment ID of Aadhaar application form, for filing of return of income and for making an application for allotment of ...

Times of India
NAGPUR: The state higher and technical education department has made authentication of Aadhaar number a must for backward engineering ...

Aadhaar-enabled payments have increased from 2.5 crore in November 2016 to over five crore in March 2017 while Immediate Payment Service ...

Khaleej Times
Q: Some confusion has been created in the Indian media about obtaining an Aadhaar number which has to be mandatorily quoted in the income-tax ...

Legally India
In this Aadhaar case, the Central Government is still before the court and is subject to the jurisdiction and specific restraint imposed by the court.

The Statesman
Senior officials said, "Once the state authorities are able to link all PAN with Aadhaar numbers to the land record databases, the investigation officials ...

4) Recently, labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya launched Aadhaar Seeding Application allowing a PF member or pensioner to walk into any of the ...

“The insistence on Aadhaar by schools and their lack of identity documents have made parents doubly insecure. The residents of Sagarpur slum, who ...

Economic Times
The government launched the BHIM-Aadhaar or Aadhaar Pay app on Saturday that authenticates a customer's biometric details linked to his Aadhaar ...

The New Indian Express
The government has resolved to link the Aadhaar number and the biometric identity of each weaver to his bank account while releasing the subsidy ...

Financial Express
As we are deciding on desert the founders tell me that they are big fans of Aadhaar. “So much waste has been eliminated because of Aadhaar.

Plunge Daily
The central government launched applications BHIM-Aadhaar or Aadhaar Pay uses a customer's biometric details linked to Aadhaar account through ...

Hindustan Times
Ashish Sihag, nodal officer of DoIT e-governance cell, said volunteers first motivated people to link their bank accounts with Aadhaar and mobile ...

As many as 18.50 crore accounts have been seeded with Aadhaar details, as per the Finance Ministry's data. After Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes were ..