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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


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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.


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Thursday, April 27, 2017

11136 - Experts: IT awareness must for protecting Aadhaar details - TNN


TNN | Updated: Apr 24, 2017, 11.31 PM IST

Ranchi: Last week's leakage of Aadhaar card details of about 14 lakh pensioners has brought in to focus the need for an awareness about the dangers of such lapses. 

Admitting a lack of awareness about IT Acts, director (IT) UP Shah on Monday said, "We have circulated copies of all IT-related Acts to different government departments. We hope they would abide by the IT laws." He added, "Computer engineers and agencies often work for different departments at the same time and at times fail to adhere to privacy standards." 

Many IT experts were of the opinion that leakages of personal details could even defeat the purpose of having unique identification numbers for authentication of an individual. Referring to the leakage of the Aadhaar card details, one of them said, "The directorate of social security, which comes under the department of women child development and social security, concealed the database but the revelation of the Aadhaar card details could have serious ramifications, if they were accessed by unscrupulous elements."

Cyber Peace Foundation founder president Vineet Kumar said Aadhaar cards have all personally identifiable information (PII), which includes names, dates of birth, addresses and registered mobile phone numbers along with biometrics of an individual. He added, "Even if the biometrics cannot be copied, information such as Aadhaar numbers and linked registered mobile numbers can be used to log into PII database." He feared that even downloading a duplicate aadhaar card or changing Aadhaar card information can be at risk because of such leakages. 

Kumar said the purpose of an Aadhaar card is to identify a person 'uniquely' but if Aadhaar details are available on websites, they can be copied. He added, "In such cases, there will be no uniqueness about the Aadhaar card."

Assistant DG (UIDAI-Jharkhand) Sunil Prasad said display of Aadhaar card numbers and information, except under given conditions is prohibited under the Aadhaar Act-2016. He added, "It is because of a lack of awareness about the Act, people reveal their Aadhaar card details. In one case, a card holder had put his Aadhaar card number on the name plate of his house."