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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.

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

Special

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.


Sunday, August 6, 2017

11723 - Flaws in Aadhaar data security: Investigators - Indian Express

By Akram Mohammed  |  Express News Service  |   Published: 05th August 2017 

BENGALURU: Even as Cyber Crime wing of the police is looking into the case of illegal access to Aadhaar database, a few independent investigators have discovered a security flaw in the Aadhaar system.

Cyber security experts said that the flaw can be used to get SIM cards, opening bank accounts etc.

Meanwhile, police officials who are probing the case are looking the technical details on how the accused Abhinav Srivasatav got the required access to provide e-KYC, and how the database did not display the name of the KYC agency calling the server to provide Aadhaar verification and others.

Sources from Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said that the accused might have accessed passwords by hacking or ‘piggy-backing’ on E-Hospital - a healthcare delivery platform developed by National Informatics Centre (NIC).
Independent investigators, who are analysing the ‘Aadhaar e-KYC’ application, ruled out the possible hacking into the Central Identities Data Repository. 

Cyber analyst Anand Venkatanarayanan, who verified the process employed by the Android app, felt that the owner of the application might have reused a licence key from one of the User Agencies - either Authentication User Agency or KYC User Agency.

Apart from it, the code of the app, allowed it to run against the production database without displaying the name of the agency running the programme, leading to violation of Aadhaar Act.

One of the other shortcomings, discovered during the analysis was that the app did not use OTP or fingerprint authentication but the demographic authentication. Though the OTP and fingerprint authentication has some security features, demographic authentication is forbidden under law, since it uses name or mobile number or Aadhaar to verify the credentials.

“Since demographic authentication does not require notifying the holders via email and/or mobile phone, it opens up the terrible possibility that these holders details could have been used as eKYC for getting SIM cards, opening bank accounts etc. While we have no data to indeed claim that this did happen, this is a massive security hole in the entire eco-system and must be plugged immediately,” Venkatanarayanan wrote in a blog related to the case.

Until the security hole is plugged, using Aadhaar as eKYC is no better than existing paper based KYC process. The primary purpose of using eKYC is that it provides a safety net for residents against their paper based KYC documents getting forged and used without their knowledge for illegal purposes, he added.

There is no breach of any Aadhaar data: UIDAI


Following the arrest, UIDAI issued a release on Tuesday, stating, “The UIDAI has carefully gone into the matter and would like to inform and reassure public that there is no breach of any Aadhaar data and compromise of individual’s privacy and security in this case.” “As far as the said App is concerned, it was trying to provide Aadhaar verification to the residents based upon their own consent and to download their own demographic data. Hence, alleged privacy violations reported in some section of media is not true as no one could  get any data of any other person through this App. Aadhaar data remains fully safe and secure.” “Aadhaar based authentication is robust and secure as compared to any other contemporary systems,” the release added.