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

Friday, April 28, 2017

11171 - ‘Aadhaar-PAN linking a Faustian bargain’ - The Hindu

NEW DELHI APRIL 27, 2017 22:22 IST

Linking Aadhaar with essential activities will turn the nation into a concentration camp, SC told

Lashing out at the move to link Aadhaar to the permanent account number and filing of income tax returns, senior advocate Shyam Divan told the Supreme Court on Thursday that the Constitution was not a charter of servitude.

“We are independent citizens who cannot be forced by the State to part with our fingerprints in exchange for being able to file our income tax returns,” he said.

He termed the newly inserted Section 139AA in the Income Tax Act, which mandates the linking of Aadhaar with PAN, a “Faustian bargain”.

Linking Aadhaar with essential activities of life, such as opening a bank account, filing returns and buying property or a vehicle, would turn the “entire nation into one large concentration camp where citizens are under State surveillance round-the-clock.”

Limited authority
A Bench of Justices A.K. Sikri and Ashok Bhushan assured him that the court was still alive to its past orders that Aadhaar should be “purely voluntary” and not forced on citizens.

“In our Constitution, we have given ourselves the right to govern through our elected representatives. Government has limited authority over us. You [State] don’t want to give me benefits, that’s all right. But you cannot, for your tax-efficiency purposes, force me to part with my fingerprints without my free, informed and voluntary consent,” Mr. Divan argued.

At this point, Justice Bhushan wondered why people should have a problem parting with their biometric particulars for getting Aadhaar when they have none whatsoever for procuring a passport to go abroad.

“State has a legitimate interest in getting a citizen’s biometric details for a passport,” responded Mr. Divan, who represents petitioners, including the former Army officer S.G. Vombatkere.

“For one, God forbid, if something happens to him when he is abroad, the State needs these particulars to identify him. These are permitted and legitimate purposes for collecting biometric data. Besides, if you go to another country, you have to abide by the laws of that country. But Aadhaar is being insisted in every walk of life.”

Privacy of the body
The law had stopped considering the physical body as a domain of the state since the times slavery was abolished.
“I am a law-abiding person. I am a tax-payer. Every man has a property in his own person. The philosophical foundation of the ‘body’ is that it is my self-authenticated source of valid claims. They are collecting biometric details of even children,” he said.

Respect for privacy
Mr. Divan said the State had respected the privacy of the body of its citizens even in the pre-constitutional times.
He referred to the Identification of Prisoners Act of 1920 in this context.
“The Act allowed authorities to take finger and foot impressions of the inmates. These were used to identify them in case of a prison break, etc. However, these records were to be destroyed immediately at the end of their prison term. Collection of biometric details had always been for narrowly-limited purposes even in times before the Constitution was framed,” Mr. Divan pointed out.