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, April 27, 2017

11140 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 26th April 2017

Times of India
NEW DELHI: The Centre has cautioned states against disclosing Aadhaar data and other personal details of individuals on their official websites, ...

The Indian Express
You think the Aadhaar card is a privilege that only humans can avail of? Well, proving you wrong is the central government that told the Supreme ...

Business Standard
The Narendra Modi government insists that the biometric data of over 1.1 billion Indians who have enrolled for Aadhaar, a 12-digit identity number, ...

Times of India
"I support issuing Aadhaar to The Holy Cows. Don't forget Bullocks, Mosquitos & Hindi speaking Black Crows," tweeted Satpathy, who is known to be ...

Times of India
PUNE: The state revenue department is in the process of linking all existing land records and transactions with Aadhaar numbers in the next two ...

The Indian Express
In the first, Aadhaar numbers of beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), which is under the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban ...

Times of India
AURANGABAD: Inmates of all the shelters for homeless in the city will soon get Aadhaar cards and will be able to open bank accounts.

The New Indian Express
HYDERABAD: In perhaps a first, fingerprint scanning linked with Aadhaar data is being used as an entry mechanism for a private event. In this case, at ...

Hindustan Times
Jharkhand was the first state to witness a series of such Aadhaar information leaks on government websites across India this week. It was also the ...

Business Today
As if the government's push towards making Aadhaar mandatory for everything under the sun wasn't enough, a new move by the Centre to issue ...

The Indian Express
Day later, Aadhaar numbers masked on PDS site. The changes on the website epds.nic.in/CHDRPT/epds/ were being made till late at Monday night ...

The Hans India
Karimnagar: Joint Collector Badri Srinivas directed the officials to take necessary steps for enrolment of Aadhaar cards to children below five years ...

Financial Express
The company has developed a platform which will offer merchants and retailers an integrated solution to accept payments through Aadhaar Pay, ...

Most countries of the developed world, and some of even the developing, have a unique identification system for cattle. But sure, let's laugh it off in ...

Furnishing your Aadhaar number is now mandatory for filing tax returns. But tax authorities are not the only ones coming after your unique identity ...

New Delhi: In last few days there was massive data leak related to Aadhaar card on government websites. The Aadhaar numbers of hundreds of ...

The Arunachal Times
BAMENG, Apr 25: East Kameng Additional Deputy Commissioner, T Messar informed that an 'Aadhaar Photography Drive' is under way at the office of ...

Millennium Post
As part of the discourse on cleaning up the country's electoral system, a Parliamentary panel, in its latest report, has recommended linking of voters ...

Catch News
The cow continues to hog the headlines on a daily basis. Now, with the Central government having reportedly proposed to the Supreme Court to ...

The New Indian Express
This was in response to the nationwide outcry after cricketer M S Dhoni's Aadhaar details were made public by an agency that wanted to crow about its ...