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

Monday, July 31, 2017

11669 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 30th July 2017

Economic Times
The parliamentarians were assured by the officials, led by Union home secretary-designate Rajiv Gauba, that Aadhaar data is safe and there is no ...

The Hindu
He has been booked under Section 29(2) of Aadhaar (targeted delivery of financial and other subsidies, benefits and services) Act 2016, which deals ...

The Indian Express
An IIT-Kharagpur graduate allegedly accessed the UIDAI's central information depository to create and operate a private app called Aadhaar 'eKYC ...

Economic Times
For instance, there are several instances of individuals using their initials while getting PAN, while the Aadhaar database carries their full name.

Economic Times
SC refers to Constitution bench plea against making Aadhaar mandatory ... to schools and hostels merely due "non-availability" of the Aadhaar card.

The Hindu
“Privacy is non-negotiable, confidentiality is non-negotiable under the Aadhaar Act,” the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the nodal ...

Economic Times
There have been cases reported where income tax e-filing website is not allowing the taxpayers to file ITR unless Aadhaar is linked with the PAN.

Economic Times
This despite the government, through a recent notification, clarified that foreign citizens are not required to obtain Aadhaar card for tax filing purpose.

Mina Mondal, whose daughter Mamoni was born with a disability is running place to place to try and get an Aadhaar card made for her daughter so ...

Times of India
Bijnor: Only 66,000 farmers out of total 1.96 lakh farmers have submitted their Aadhaar card number to avail of the loan waiver scheme in Bijnor in the ...

The Hindu
Two days after a case was booked against a Bengaluru-based startup for 'misusing' the Aadhaar database, Unique Identification Authority of India ...

Times of India
Principal secretary (Information Technology) Vijay Kumar Gautam told TOI that since it's mandatory to link Aadhaar with PAN for filing I-T returns, the ...

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited on Friday urged its customers to link their mobile numbers with Aadhaar numbers to avoid deactivation of services, ...
BSNL sets deadline for Aadhaar link - The New Indian Express

Daily News & Analysis
The government has no plans to make Aadhaar number mandatory for booking air tickets, Parliament's Standing Committee on Home Affairs has been ...

Times of India
DEHRADUN: Residents in Dehradun are having a tough time enrolling for Aadhaar card registration ahead of the July 31 deadline for linking it to ...

There has been no incident of data breach or hacking so far in respect to Aadhaar Data and Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR), says Minister of ...

Exclusive interview with Shankkar Aiyar, author of 'Aadhaar: a biometric history of India's 12 digit revolution' on the politics, personalities, principles ...

Times of India
The state's principal secretary for IT, VK Gautam, aims to reach out to over 90 lakh people still out of Aadhaar net in Maharashtra by December-end.

No Plans To Make Aadhaar Mandatory For Air Tickets, Says Government: The government has no plans to make Aadhaar number mandatory for ...

Provident fund accounts of 3.47 lakh coal mine workers, roughly 96 per cent of the total workforce, have been linked to Aadhaar. “The CMPF (Coal ...