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, May 9, 2017

11289 - Govt Finally Admits That Aadhaar Will Be Mandatory For All; Claims Leakage Of Aadhaar Numbers Is Not A Big Deal - - Trak.In

Last updated: May 8, 2017 at 14:59 pm

Mohul Ghosh3 Min Read

In the on-going case in Supreme Court regarding the legal validity of Aadhaar Card, Govt. of India has finally come out of the closet, and admitted for the very first time, that Aadhaar would be made mandatory for all, very soon.

This holds major consequences because till now, Govt. had not openly admitted & declared that Aadhaar would be mandated for every Indian. Earlier, it was said that for welfare related schemes, Aadhaar would be made compulsory.

But, after this recent admission, things can drastically change.

Aadhaar Is safer Than PAN Card
The very base of Aadhaar being compulsory for all Indians stems from the claim of Govt. of India, that Aadhaar is much safer and protected platform than PAN Card.

Presenting his arguments before a bench comprising of Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan, Attorney General (AG) Mukul Rohatgi said, “Aadhaar makes a secure and robust system through which the identity of a person cannot be faked,”
As per the AG, PAN Card can be issued using ration cards and driving license, but Aadhaar needs authentic biometric data, which cannot be forged.

Citing an example, and to prove the logic, AG Rohatgi said, “Almost 113 crore individuals have enrolled for Aadhaar as compared to 29 crores who have PAN. Of them, almost 10 lakh PAN cards have been found to be fake,” he said, adding, “while the government found no instance of duplicate Aadhaar cards.”

Aadhaar Number Leak Not a Big Deal?
Later, when questioned about the recent cases of Aadhaar number leak, like that in Jharkhand, Govt. of India made very interesting, hardline stand.
First of all, Govt. said that the Aadhaar number leak happened due to the carelessness of Jharkhand Govt., which is a state govt., and Centre has nothing to do with this.

Then, the AG made a bomb of a statement – he said that leakage of Aadhaar number is not a big deal because the biometric data are still safe.

Refusing the very concept of privacy, the AG said, “In this world, there is no concept of reasonable privacy.”

In fact, he advised those who are making a hue and cry about privacy to go to the Himalayas, and live as a hermit there.
The hearing is still on, and we will keep you updated as we receive more information.

If you disagree with Rohatgi’s statements and claims about privacy concern vis-a-vis Aadhaar, then do let us know by commenting right here.