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

Saturday, August 5, 2017

11711 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 4th August 2017

The Hindu
Abhinav Srivastav, 31, an IIT-Kharagpur graduate, has been arrested by the Bengaluru city police on the charge of accessing Aadhaar data, the police ...

The Hindu
The cyber crime police have arrested 31-year-old software engineer working for Ola, a taxi aggregator, on charges of unauthorised use of Aadhaar ...

The News Minute
Bengaluru's City Crime Police have arrested a software development engineer working at ride sharing platform Ola for illegally accessing Aadhaar ...

You may have already linked your Aadhaar number with PAN or Permanent Account Number. If not, you must do it this month. The government has set ...

Indian Supreme Court Hints That Privacy Ruling Will Protect Aadhaar The case was launched by critics of Aadhaar, India's pioneering national ...

Zee News
Aadhaar will become mandatory to claim benefits through the portal, ... this system to give direct benefits with 'Aadhaar' authentication, Fadnavis said.

Balasore: Many people in Balasore have objected to the system of charging different service fees by Jana Seva Kendras in the name of Aadhaar cards ...

Users of Samsung Pay, BHIM and HDFC Bank's mobile banking app can now make UPI payments to Aadhaar numbers. This suggests that some parts ...

Governance Now (registration)
In April this year, activists dealing with food security wanted to know from people in Katar village in Rajasthan's Bhilwara district whether the ...

Financial Express
Kotak Mahindra Bank has announced the launch of Kotak Remit – an Aadhaar-based integrated outward forex remittance solution for both customers ...

The Wire
The Supreme Court's upcoming verdict on the right to privacy could have a serious impact on society. Liked the story? We're a non-profit. Make a ...

Residents can get their Aadhaar details updated at the centre. The current status of Aadhaar, along with all other queries and information, can also be ...

Trak.in (blog)
Last year in July, Govt. of India announced an ambitious plan to link every smartphone with Aadhaar database. This way, several Aadhaar based ...

Daily News & Analysis
In a move that can bring about a drastic fall in the registration of benami properties, the central government is planning on making Aadhaar ...

Summary: Benami land deals may no longer be possible as the government is coming up with a project to link all land registries with the Aadhaar ...

New Delhi Times
In the year 2015, Gaurav a nine year old mentally challenged teenager was separated from his parents. Even after efforts taken, the parents couldn't ...

Hindu Business Line
Now a nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court has just finished hearing arguments in the Aadhaar case that centred around whether privacy is a ...

Phone Mantra
As per the UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India), it is a convenient way to the customers to carry the Aadhaar soft copy to any place.

The Shillong Times
Remember, the Aadhaar case arose out of a petition filed by a group of students alleging that a contract entered into between Facebook and instant ...

India Today
The use of aadhaar for the applicants of UGC-NET (November) 2017 will result inaccuracy of the applicants' details. This will also help in ascertaining ...

The Aadhaar integration was rolled out for Skype Lite, an app especially designed for India, which lets users identify themselves on request in video ...

The Hindu
K.V. Shamsudheen, chairman, UAE-based Pravasi Bandhu Welfare Trust, wanted the government to make Aadhaar mandatory for all, including the ...

The Hindu
The Hindu first heard of Nagarajan while understanding the implications of Aadhaar on ration delivery. At Thakatty Panchayat in Thally block of ...

The Aadhaar number of both the husband and wife will have to be provided in the application form. “If the marriage is registered within a year of ...

With demonetisation, strict implementation of Aadhaar and linking of Aadhaar to income tax returns, the government now has a trail of the buyers, thus ...