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

Saturday, May 20, 2017

11438 - Ransomware WannaCry can target Aadhaar data - Deccan Chronicle


May 19, 2017, 2:59 am IST

Aadhaar being linked to bank accounts and other sensitive resources makes it a big threat target for hacking.

Aadhaar data stored with the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) could be threatened by attacks from ransomware like WannaCry, which has been rampaging through many countries.

Hyderabad: Aadhaar data stored with the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) could be threatened by attacks from ransomware like WannaCry, which has been rampaging through many countries. There are no reports of such an attack on the data so far but the sharing of Aadhaar data with other agencies could lead to threat to or to destruction of data from the server, says regional director of Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) India, Pradipto Chakrabarty.

Sharing CompTIA's views on the ransomware, Mr Chakra-barty said that it was scary to envisage such an attack on the UIDAI. “Aadhaar was a predominantly non-linked service earlier, which means that it contained mostly demographic information of citizens. But it is now being linked to bank accounts, income tax, and other more sensitive resources like mobile service operators etc. This makes it a huge threat surface for hackers to intrude.

“Imagine a situation where an intrusion happens through Aadhaar. Since the user’s bank account is linked with his Aadhaar number, the ransomware can potentially lock down the account and make it unusable unless a ‘ransom’ is paid. As of now, the current attack in Europe does not indicate its spread to individual services but one can easily imagine the scale of destruction if a similar incident happens with UIDAI,” Mr Chakrabarty pointed out.

He said that as we move towards a cashless economy, the volume of electronic usage will increase “and since Aadhaar is linked to your bank account, the attacks are quite possible if we are not adequately prepared. The sheer volume of Aadhaar numbers and their linked financial accounts is an indication of the tremendous risk that we run if there is such an attack on the Aadhaar system.”

Responding to alerts by CompTIA, Deputy Director General of UIDAI, MVS Rami Reddy, told this newspaper that no such threat to the database of Aadhaar has been detected. “We are maintaining secure servers and monitoring the current scenario,” he said.