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

11736 - Fake ID apps under scanner - Asian Age

Published : Aug 7, 2017, 1:45 am IST

Maharashtra cyber police says it might ban them if required.

  A fake Aadhaar identity card created using Fake id maker mobile application.

Mumbai: In a city like Mumbai, where the ticket checking staff often checks the passenger’s ticket and identification proof in a hurry to ensure the city’s safety, some mobile applications that help create fake identity particulars have come under the scanner of city police and railway authorities. The state cyber police, who is inquiring such fraudulent acts, said it may ban them if required. The Government Railway Police (GRP) and the city police recently arrested a few persons in possession of fake identity cards. According to a Ticket Checker (TC), he had collected more than 150 fake identity cards belonging to the police and high ranking officers from the accused, using their own pictures.
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. The Maharashtra cyber IG Brijesh Singh  told that he is  “looking into the matter and gathering further details about such a fraudulent app and will proceed ahead to ban it”. Singh also said that if these apps were connected through social networking websites, it would be difficult to stop them.
The Anti -Tout Squad (ATS) of Railway is teamwork to prevent unauthorized business of e-ticketing in twin cities and touting activities at Passenger Reservation System (PRS) centers over Secunderabad Division.
An ATS squad officer, Shyam Rane said, “ We have so many illegal ticket sellers from the past few years. Recently I have found more than 50 cases of illegal Aadhaar card and pan card copies. Some of them use and make the same fake Aadhaar card which resembles the original. Most of the time officials don’t know about the minor details on the card because of which these people got saved.”
IG Singh said, “ We are looking into the matter and gathering further details about the app and will proceed ahead to ban it if needed.”

Police arrests three with fake identity cards
The Government Railway Police (GRP) arrested a real estate agent, Nitin Sonavane, last Thursday for travelling ticketless and passing off a fake police identity card when accosted by a ticket checker (TC). The TC,  D.K. Yadav, intercepted Sonavane at Dadar station after he alighted from the Howrah Express that arrived from Kalyan. He showed the TC a card, which had some other name on it, besides Thane city police being mentioned on it.
In another case, the Anti Tout Squad of the Railway, nabbed a man named, Ramesh Kushwah, who was allegedly involve in selling fraud tickets on the western line. The team recovered fake Aadhaar and pancards from his belongings, all which he had managed to make with the help of the mobile app.

In a third incident, the team nabbed a man Jayesh Gupta and two of his friends, from whom they recovered a fake Aadhaar card.