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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 scholar Usha Ramanathan describes 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


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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

6. The exercise becomes futile in case the project does not continue beyond the present number of 200 million enrolments

7. There is lack of coordination and difference of views between various departments and ministries of government on the project

Quotes

What was said before the elections:

NPR & UID aiding Aliens – Narendra Modi

"I don't agree to Nandan Nilekeni and his madcap (UID) scheme which he is trying to promote," Senior BJP Leader Yashwant Sinha, Sept 2012

"All we have to show for the hundreds of thousands of crore spent on Aadhar is a Congress ticket for Nilekani" Yashwant Sinha.(27/02/2014)

TV Mohandas Pai, former chief financial officer and head of human resources, tweeted: "selling his soul for power; made his money in the company wedded to meritocracy." Money Life Article

Nilekani’s reporting structure is unprecedented in history; he reports directly to the Prime Minister, thus bypassing all checks and balances in government - Home Minister Chidambaram

To refer to Aadhaar as an anti corruption tool despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary is mystifying. That it is now officially a Rs.50,000 Crores solution searching for an explanation is also without any doubt. -- Statement by Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP & Member, Standing Committee on Finance

Finance minister P Chidambaram’s statement, in an exit interview to this newspaper, that Aadhaar needs to be re-thought completely is probably the last nail in its coffin. :-) Financial Express

The Rural Development Ministry headed by Jairam Ramesh created a road Block and refused to make Aadhaar mandatory for making wage payment to people enrolled under the world’s largest social security scheme NRGA unless all residents are covered.


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Saturday, August 5, 2017

11712 - UIDAI chief: No breach of data in Aadhaar theft case - TNN


Rohith B R | TNN | Aug 4, 2017, 12:37 AM IST

BENGALURU/NEW DELHI: The Qarth-Aadhaar data theft case was the result of fraud at the level of KYC User Agencies (KUAs) and not any breach in the data base of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), officials with the authority said on Thursday. 

The data was accessed by the accused from e-hospital, hosted by National Informatics Centre(NIC), described as the Government of India's "prime builder" of e-Government / e-Governance applications, police sources confirmed. 

According to the sources, the fraud came to the notice of UIDAI headquarters during a random check by their social media monitoring team. The team found the e-KYC app hosted by the accused, associated with the Qarth Technologies Pvt Limited, and alerted its Bengaluru team to file a police complaint. 

"The KUA is likely to be arraigned as the accused no 2," a source said. Abhinav Srivastav, founder of Qarth Technologies start-up, is the accused no 1. 

UIDAI chief AB Pandey said, "The UIDAI would like to inform and reassure the public that there is no breach of any Aadhaar data and compromise of individuals' privacy and security in this case." 

He said that the App was trying to provide Aadhaar verification to the residents based upon their own consent. 

Pandey said that after an inquiry, it was found that the residents were using this App to download their own demographic data after giving their consent through OTP received on their own Aadhaar-linked mobiles. 

"In other words, residents were downloading their own demographic data such as name, address, gender through this App. Hence, alleged privacy violations reported in some section of media is not true as no one could not get data of any other person through this App," he said. 

While demographic data pertains to address, sex, age, gender and mobile phone number and such details, biometric data pertains to finger prints and iris. 

The UIDAI chief said even though residents were downloading their own demographic data, legal actions were initiated against the owner of the App since it was not authorised to provide such services to the people and such acts are criminal offence punishable under Aadhaar Act, 2016. 

"It is further reiterated that data of not even a single non-consenting resident has been given by UIDAI through this App. Therefore, any media report suggesting breach of UIDAI's Aadhaar database or CIDR is completely incorrect. Aadhaar data remains fully safe and secure," he added. 

KYC User Agencies are franchises contracted with authenticating Aadhaar-enabled services to Aadhaar number holders with the consent of the latter. According to sources in the know, there are, as on date, at least 254 KUAs engaged by the UIDAI, including government and non-government ones. 

Assuming a citizen goes to a mobile phone service provider and gives his or her Aadhaar number as identity proof, the service provider would be the KUA who will be authenticating the KYC (Know Your Customer) details. 

Once the citizen gives his biometric (thumb print) or authenticates himself through an OTP that comes to his mobile, the e-KYC or the demographic data from UIDAI is passed on to the KUA, which will authenticate whether the citizen's Aadhaar credentials are valid or not.

Speaking to TOI, a senior UIDAI official said that the Qarth case is a lesson for KUAs to protect the authentication keys given to them by Aadhaar so that it is not misused as it had happened in the Qarth case. 

"As per UIDAI rules KUA can't sub-share the authentication keys given to them to anybody. We are yet to get details about which KUA was involved in this data misuse case and police have to investigate it. Blaming UIDAI in this case will be like blaming Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for SIM card fraud incidents. As far as Aadhaar is concerned, our Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR) is safe and foolproof. There has been no breach here. The system is so solid that there can't have access to biometric details of the Aadhaar holders at any level," the official said.




Apart from KUAs, UIDAI also has tie-ups with Authentication User Agencies (AUAs) which are engaged in providing Aadhaar-enabled services to Aadhaar holders, using the authentication as facilitated by the Authentication Service Agency (ASA). There are 326 AUAs enrolled with UIDAI. Here e-KYC details (like in the case of KUAs) are not provided but only a "YES" or "NO" to confirm someone's Aadhaar registration.