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

Sunday, May 14, 2017

11328 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 12th May 2017

Economic Times
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today agreed to hear on May 17 a plea challenging various notifications of the Centre to make Aadhaar card ...

To link Aadhaar with PAN, the Income Tax Department has launched a new facility to complete the process quickly. The government, under the ...

The Hindu
The Union government on Friday exempted citizens residing in Assam, Jammu and Kashmir and Meghalaya from mandatory quoting of Aadhaar for a ...

Soon, every phone in India will become Aadhaar authenticated. ... by a group of IIT men could be the first to become Aadhaar authenticated. Its makers ...

The Hindu
As per the Supreme Court's directive linking Aadhaar for any government scheme was not mandatory, but the government machinery in all the States ...

Times of India
NEW DELHI: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked its affiliated schools to volunteer set up Aadhaar enrolment centres and ...

Calcutta Telegraph
Guwahati, May 11: Assam is finally set to jump on the Aadhaar bandwagon with the enrolment process likely to start soon. "The state general ...

Business Standard
The finance ministry has set weekly targets for lenders, including private and regional rural banks, for seeding Aadhaar and mobile numbers with ...

Edgy Labs (blog)
Since the Aadhaar biometric registry was proposed in late 2008 and implemented in 2009, over 1.1 billion Indians have given their biometric to the ...

Deccan Herald
As the Central government continues to expand the scope and boundaries of the applicability of Aadhaar, the unique identification number, even ...

Business Today
A group of IIT men are building a smartphone operating system that is Aadhaar authenticated which could be a first of its kind that allows users to carry ...

Aadhaar is very secure. The kind of information that we gather from a resident during the enrollment process is his demographic information, i.e., name ...

Paynear, a digital payments company and a mobile point of sale (POS) terminal provider, will be running an Aadhaar Pay pilot in Hyderabad in June, ...

The Quint
Thread on Aadhaar/PAN, Day 5: Arghya Sengupta argued for the Union of ... Today, Supreme Court reserved judgment in the Aadhaar/PAN linkage ...