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

11068 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 18th April 2017

Times of India
NEW DELHI: Facing several instances of alleged identity theft, the government is mandating biometric authentication using Aadhaar for Companies ...

Economic Times
The BHIM-Aadhaar Pay system is more secure than any debit card or credit card network, said Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO of Unique Identification ...

Times of India
HYDERABAD: With increased emphasis being put on digital and Aadhaar payment, people are being advised to link their mobile numbers with ...

The central government's citizen identity project, Aadhaar, is among its most controversial initiatives in recent years. No other project has had its scale ...

Hindustan Times
One person was arrested on Monday for allegedly selling fake marksheets and Aadhaar cards at a photocopying shop in Jewar, police said.

The Hans India
Hyderabad: The unique identification number is made mandatory for a farmer willing to apply for drip irrigation project. The Aadhaar linkage would ...

Trak.in (blog)
One senior Govt. official said, “Aadhaar Pay will be like India's own solution to the cashless economy. Lots of players such as Visa, MasterCard are ...

Tech2 (blog)
MapMyIndia made a number of announcements at the Map The Future conference held in Gurugram on 17 April 2017. MapMyIndia provides high ...

Biometric Update
Affordable iris sensors for smartphones is considered a key driver in bringing irs-enabled Aadhaar biometric verification to the mainstream, as most ...

Economic Times
Fino will provide over 5000 Aadhaar enabled micro ATMs and financial inclusion gateway services to district central cooperative (DCC) banks and ...

The Hindu
The payment to pourakarmikas, even those on contract, will be linked Aadhaar once biometric attendance comes into force. The salary accounts of all ...

Financial Express
Part A: General Information — Aadhaar information is compulsory. In case an individual doesn't have an Aadhaar number but has applied for it, he can ...

Not only does one need a Permanent Account Number (PAN), but also an Aadhaar card, a driver's licence, a Permanent Retirement Account Number ...

The Wire
Others claim that the Rohingya have 'illegally' been given government documents such as Aadhaar cards so as to establish them as legal residents of ...

The Indian Express
During a meeting on Monday, officers of the concerned departments were asked to take Digital India programme and BHIM Aadhaar App to villages ...

National Herald
But this, and his other U-turns such as over Aadhaar, can be seen as signs of delayed but welcome enlightenment about what the nation really needs.

The Hindu
“Linking Aadhaar will help maintain transparency in the distribution of foodgrains. Tahsildars have been appointed taluk nodal officers to monitor the ...

To get the subsidy, the farmers have to submit an application mentioning their Aadhaar number linked bank account number, 7/12 receipt of land ...

Live Law
Is there a case to tag this with the Aadhaar case, which has already been referred to a Constitution bench, remains to be seen. Whether or not this ...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said last week that the BHIM-Aadhaar digital payments platform has the potential to revolutionise the Indian economy.

Daily News & Analysis
All residents of Haryana having Aadhaar-seeded saving bank accounts, in the age group of 18 to 70 years, would be entitled to join the scheme, ...

Deccan Herald
At the same time, there were some unsavoury takeaways — such as the government converting the GST and Aadhaar into money bills while including ...