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, May 19, 2017

11427 - Aadhar authority in talks to add another layer of authentication - The Hindu Businessline


After more than 13 crore Aadhaar numbers were leaked through several government websites, UIDAI is in talks to include a new layer of authentication through voice recognition.

Nuance Communications, the company behind Apple’s Siri voice-based assistant, has held early talks with the government to offer voice-based authentication, which the company claims is so far more secure and reliable than fingerprint scan and Iris scans.

“We recently met UIDAI CEO and they requested us to do some tests (for voice-based authentication). It was a preferred technology initially but the commercials didn’t work out. This is a good and reliable technology and therefore has cost to it. Seven years ago, even Nandan Nilekani visited Nuance office to discuss this,” Rajeev Soni, Managing Director, South Asia at Nuance Communications, told BusinessLine.

Voice biometrics identifies each individual through their unique ‘voiceprint’, which eliminates the need to remember and type passwords and PINs. The voice gets analysed and cross checked against more than 100 unique identifiers including behavioural features such as speed, cadence and pronunciation, and physical aspects including the shape of larynx, vocal tract and nasal passages.

In India, Nuance is currently working with three banks including ICICI Bank to offer voice authentication technology to analyse and verify callers. ICICI Bank has already brought 32 lakh customers under the voice recognition service for phone banking and is aiming to conduct 50 lakh transactions via this facility by this fiscal-end.

Nuance, the $2-billion American firm, presently supports 14 Indian languages and expects to add more languages using its machine learning technology, which helps the voice-recognition system learn new languages in a short span of time. The company is already working on 13 more Indian languages, Soni said.

Working with govt projects
Nuance has been in India for the last 11 years and is working with the government on multiple projects. Recently, Nuance helped the myGov portal in translating and playing back Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Mann ki Baat speeches into multiple Indian languages. The company has also developed a voice portal for the National Skills Development Corporation wherein semi-skilled workers can call in and speak out their details in an automated system, which automatically creates their CVs.
“India is one of the fastest growing markets for us. In a country where millions of people are still illiterate, voice will play a big role,” Jason Stirling, Senior Vice-President and General Manager, Nuance Asia Pacific, said. “Voice-based authentication doesn’t require any hardware for the consumer. He can use any feature phone to call in and authenticate himself.”
Stirling said the company is betting big on the government, automotive and banking sectors in India.
(This article was published on May 17, 2017)