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

11731 - Aadhaar Articles Dayed 8th August 2017

Economic Times
The income tax department will accept your return only if your PAN is linked with Aadhaar. The deadline for doing this is August 31. ETWealth's ...

The Hindu
Adding to the problem are those who get enrolled more than once either on the ground that they have lost their Aadhaar card, or to claim multiple ...

Inc42 Media
The Aadhaar data theft case by Ola employee and co-founder of Qarth Technologies, Abhinav Srivastava has taken yet another turn. As per recent ...

Hindustan Times
A Punjab government website exposed the Aadhaar numbers of more than 20,000 people who applied for low-cost housing in Ludhiana and Jagraon, ...

Firstpost (satire)
YAMLOK: In a recent turn of events, a software engineer was declined Moksh (Salvation) for not possessing an Aadhaar card. Malloc Nath, a man of ...

Times of India (blog)
The government's decision to make Aadhaar a requirement for death registration was met with incredulity and derision. Initial reports suggested that ...
An Aadhaar for everything - Media India Group

In a notification issued on 4 August, the Office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India, Ministry of Home Affairs, ordered that with ...

Miracles never cease in the world of medicine. People are playing guitar in operation theatres while their legs are sawn off by surgeons; women are ...

Live Law
From the day of dawn, the evolution of grand biometric identification project remained a bone of contention. As the skeletal framework of Aadhaar ...

Mumbai: Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) today said though Aadhar is not a mandatory requirement for Know Your ...

The New Indian Express
CHENNAI: Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) complain of mental and physical trauma during the enrollment process in Aadhaar. Things become worse ...

The Hans India
Mancherial: Regional Post Master General Col. M Elisha, along with District Collector RV Karnan inaugurated Aadhaar updation center at Head Post ...

Economic Times
In the Aadhaar case, A-G KK Venugopal expressed surprise over motivated reports that appear in the media on the eve of the crucial hearing. The CJI ...

Deccan Chronicle
This comes months after the government made linking of PAN with Aadhaar number compulsory to put to effect similar motives. It may be noted that ...

Daily News & Analysis
That is entirely inbuilt in the Aadhaar Act passed by the Parliament. About 113 crore Indians have Aadhaar and 99 per cent of the adult population of ...
The big Digital India push - Daily News & Analysis

Police have arrested a software engineer for stealing sensitive information on more than 50,000 people from India's Aadhaar biometric identity ...

Telangana Today
Mancherial: Collector RV Karnan inaugurated an Aadhaar updation centre to help civilians correcting minor errors in information recorded in Aadhaar ...

Those who have an Aadhaar number, bank account details available on the Universal Account Number Portal and have an active UAN, can submit ...

Hindustan Times
The experts said as the government was pushing for Aadhaar-based financial transactions, checking the unauthorised use of its database should be a ...