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

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

11730 - Aadhaar Articles Dayed 7th August 2017

Any account opened after 1 June would have 6 months to be linked to Aadhaar, failing which, access to the account would be blocked.

Bengaluru: A postgraduate student of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, has been arrested for allegedly accessing the server of Aadhaar ...

The News Minute
The 31-year-old techie, Abhinav Srivastava, who has been arrested for allegedly illegally accessing Aadhaar data had initially told the police that he ...

Zee News
The Aadhaar enrolment drive initiated by the Union government is indeed fruitful! Three disabled teenagers on Saturday reunited with their families ...

It is paramount to check your PAN status and link the same with the biometrics-based identity number Aadhaar before the deadline set by government, ...

The Indian Express
Prasanna believes that technology ruling lives can only be deemed as fair if it is “proveably so and nothing in Aadhaar has been able to convince me ...

Financial Express
The government's JAM (Jan Dhan, Aadhaar, mobile) trinity isn't just bringing about a revolution in the lives of citizens at the bottom of the pyramid by ...

Firstpost (satire)
Bengaluru: Worried with the high levels of non-performing assets in their books, Banks are suggesting Government to go one step above Aadhaar and ...

The Asian Age
The TC, making his enquiries, located the mobile apps that the accused had used to make fake ID cards, including Aadhaar and PAN card, easily.

Economic Times
Implementation of direct cash transfer for cooking gas beneficiaries has given the government access to Aadhaar, or the unique identity number, ...

The New Indian Express
CHENNAI: Five Delhi-based men who managed to purchase a second-hand motorbike in the city with their Aadhaar card and driving licence, were ...

Times of India
More than a dozen fake government IDs, Aadhaar cards and seals of village pradhans, village development officers and tehsildars were recovered ...

Economic Times
UP agriculture minister SP Shahi said the Aadhaar number of the farmers will be verified. District officials have been asked to check records in case a ...

Recently, the Aadhaar Act, 2016 was passed off as a Money Bill to disempower the Rajya Sabha to make amendments. The example is a telling one ...

Very senior citizens and foreign citizens have been unable to file their returns in the absence of an Aadhaar number, though there is a specific ...

The Asian Age
New Delhi: The government on Sunday said weavers will be able to avail a wide range of government services like Aadhaar and PAN card from ...

The Observer 24/7
It is mandatory to link your PAN and Aadhaar number, the deadline to link PAN and Aadhaar number is August 31st 2017. Government is working hard ...

Telangana Today
The police are also contemplating a proposal, suggesting linkage of voter ID cards to Aadhaar cards, so that fake ID cards can be detected easily and ...

Economic Times
It is now being taken seriously with all the discussions happening around Aadhaar, privacy and right to data, ownership of data," said Srinivasan.

Economic Times
NEW DELHI: Supreme Court judges, debating whether or not citizens have a fundamental right to privacy, have wondered aloud about the status of ...

The Hindu
... of petitioners that technology would progress so much that data collected through Aadhaar could be used for surveillance, if not now, in the future.