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.

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#BreakAadhaarChains campaign, 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 @no2uid and@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

11172 - Clear sensitive data from public domain - DNA India


DIPU RAI | Fri, 28 Apr 2017-07:15am , New Delhi , DNA

The Ministry of Electronic & Information Technology (MoE&IT) has directed all central and state departments and institutions to immediately stop the publication of sensitive individual data like Aadhaar card numbers in the public domain. If such data has already been published, they have been asked to pull it down immediately.

"Any such content already published and still appearing publicly should be taken down with immediate effect," the MoE&IT said in an official memorandum.

MoE&IT has warned all ministries and departments to stop publishing personal data in the public domain as doing so would tantamount to an offence and could land those responsible in the jail for up to three years under the Aadhaar Act 2016.

Now, most government agencies have started clearing publicly available individual data, and are set to comply with MoE&IT's direction.

CBDT has forwarded the MoE&IT's note, a copy of which is with DNA, to their joint secretaries and chief commissioners to avoid any such publication.

MoE&IT has sent this internal memorandum on April 25 to all secretaries of the government of India and states' chief secretaries to refrain from such publication with "immediate effect".

On March 23, DNA has revealed how your Aadhaar number could be in the public domain with or without your knowledge. This provides all information about you, like, your name, father's name, full address, date of birth, complete bank details, cell phone numbers, passport details, PAN Card number, caste/religion details, and more.

Apart from the details mentioned above, it also includes the amount conferred to them as scholarship, account number, bank name, IFSC Code, beneficiary address, state, district, pin code, and details of the university or college. This includes the roll number, stream (commerce, science, arts), percentage, course details, institute address, the phone number of the Institute, and its e-mail id.

This newspaper exposed that central government ministry and government-affiliated colleges and universities who have various Excel sheets uploaded to their website which contains sensitive information about those who may have provided their Aadhaar card number and other details to avail welfare schemes provided by the central government.