- On February15, 2017, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) which is mandated to implement the Aadhaar scheme reportedly filed cases against employees of Axis Bank, Suvidha Infoserve and e-Mudhra for attempting unauthorised authentication and impersonation by illegally storing Aadhaar biometrics. The security breach came to light after 397 fake biometric transactions were carried out in five days of February.
- On February 18, the Hindi news daily Dainik Bhaskar reported the arrest of six salespersons of telecommunications service provider Reliance Jio in Madhya Pradesh for selling SIM cards at inflated prices by using the Aadhaar data and fingerprint scans of other customers.
- In April this year, the Aadhaar details of one lakh pensioners in Jharkhand who had seeded their UID numbers to bank accounts was freely available on the website of the Jharkhand Directorate of Social Security. A few days later, a leading national daily found that “secured” data was available on the websites of a scholarship database in UP; the PDS website of the Chandigarh administration; a pensioners’ listing in Kerala and the Swachh Bharat Mission.
- A report released in May 2017 by the Centre for Internet and Society, a Bangalore-based organisation looking at multi-disciplinary research and advocacy in internet use, reveals that in the past few months, data of 13.6 lakh citizens was leaked from four major government data bases, including the portals of NREGA and National Social Assistance Programme.
- A note generated on March 25 by an official of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology accessed by the New Indian Express, confirmed that biometric data was not secure. “There have been instances wherein personal identity or information of residents, including Aadhaar number and demographic information and other sensitive personal data such as bank account details etc. collected by various Ministries/Departments… has been reportedly published online and is accessible through an easy online search,” said the note displayed on the front page of the newspaper. The same ministry on March 5 had issued a statement that the Aadhaar data was absolutely secure.
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
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
Here is what the Parliament Standing Committee on Finance, which examined the draft N I A Bill said.
1. There is no feasibility study of the project]
2. The project was approved in haste
3. The system has far-reaching consequences for national security
4. The project is directionless with no clarity of purpose
5. It is built on unreliable and untested technology
What was said before the elections:
NPR & UID aiding Aliens – Narendra Modi