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

11678 - Probe into Aadhaar data ‘misuse’ begins - The Hindu

BENGALURU, JULY 29, 2017 00:00 IST

Complaint was filed by UIDAI against a startup

Two days after a case was booked against a Bengaluru-based startup for ‘misusing’ the Aadhaar database, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) sources claimed on Friday that the database was not ‘hacked’ nor has there been a ‘data breach’.

The clarification comes in the background of a criminal complaint being lodged against Qarth Technologies Private Ltd., an erstwhile mobile payment startup, for using Aadhaar data without permission.

A case was filed under Section 66 of the IT Act, 2000, which deals with hacking of a computer resource.

The FIR says that the suspect, Abhinav Srivastava, created a mobile app and has been giving out e-kyc, misusing data from the Aadhaar website. He did not seek permission from UIDAI before tapping into the website.

Sources said the complaint by UIDAI says that the firm may have misused unknown Authorised User Agency (AUA), which gives access to biometric data or Authorised KYC User Agency (KUA), which gives access to demographic data.

Probe details
“The investigation should establish the authentication that was used by the mobile payment app to communicate with the Aadhaar database to verify the KYC of its customers. The online trail of the suspect transactions are likely to track down the authentication bridge between the app and the database. The identification of this bridge will throw more light on whether an authentication password of a User Agency was misused by the firm to access the Aadhaar database or whether the database was hacked into without any authentication password given out by UIDAI,” explained a senior police officer.

The cybercrime cell have begun their probe. Police Commissioner Praveen Sood told The Hindu: “It’s very early to comment on the investigation.”

Abhinav Srivastava had on Thursday claimed that the firm had become defunct in March 2016 and the app was not available. However, officials said the complaint indicated that the app was active even in the second week of July 2017.

Srivastava was not available for comment.
Sources said he is yet to be summoned or arrested.

Ola clarifies
Ola, which acquired Qarth last year, said in a statement: “Ola has neither commissioned nor is involved in any such activity. No such complaint has been brought to our notice.”