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

Thursday, August 3, 2017

11688 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 2nd August 2017

Economic Times
NEW DELHI: The government cannot track or spy on citizens using Aadhaar data as it is technically impossible, the agency that handles the biometric ...
Ambiguities of Aadhaar - The Indian Express

Economic Times
NEW DELHI: Aadhaar authentications reached a record high of nearly 94 crore in July, a figure which has doubled from just three months back, in a ...

Economic Times
The government in the last budget has introduced a new law which has made it mandatory for every individual having PAN to link with Aadhaar.

Times of India
The government on Monday notified that it has extended the deadline for linking Aadhaar with PAN (Permanent Account Number). The last date for the ...

Economic Times
NEW DELHI: The 12-digit biometric identifier Aadhaar can be used to "weed out" infiltrators besides checking pilferage of government doles and ...

The Hindu
Nearly nine crore Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) card holders have been linked to Aadhaar and over five ...

The Aadhaar website, https://uidai.gov.in/, lets one update their Aadhaar details online, verify their Aadhaar cards to check if it is still valid, among ...

The Indian Express
The police are in the process of finding whether an accomplice at an AUA facilitated the unauthorised use of Aadhaar by Srivastava, sources said.

Mobile app mAadhaar helps holders of Aadhaar number to carry a soft copy of the biometrics-based identity card and other demographic details in ...

New Delhi: The UIDAI has recently filed an FIR in Bengaluru against an individual for allegedly offering "unauthorised" Aadhaar-related services via ...

Business Standard
Aadhaar-based authentication has reached a record high of 936 million this month. This comes in the backdrop of the Union government contesting a ...

The Centre is pushing for making Aadhaar mandatory for securing a driving licence and vehicle registration, to check bogus licences, create a national ...

Zee Business
'Is it compulsory to link my phone number to Aadhaar?' This is a question a lot of people out of 100 crore mobile subscribers in India are currently ...

The central government on Monday extended the deadline of linking of Aadhaar with PAN till August 31. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) ...

Times of India
Pune:The ongoing monsoon session of the Assembly is expected to address the issue of Aadhaar-linked e-registration of property documents.

Times of India
Meerut: Nearly a month after the UP government said that students in state-run schools will not get midday meals in the absence of an Aadhaar card ...

Live Law
According to a communication issued by the Registrar General, the executive committee of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed all District ...