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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 12, 2017

11750 - India vulnerable to cyber crime, needs to upgrade tech: IIT-Kanpur study - Hindustan Times


Cyber crimes had been rising constantly till 2013, when 71,780 such cases were registered in India. The number grew to 1.49 lakh in 2014 and three lakh in 2015, finally doubling in 2016.
TECH Updated: Aug 09, 2017 08:55 Ist

Haider Naqvi, Hindustan Times, Kanpur

Danger of cyber crime is looming large(Representative Photo)

A study conducted by IIT-Kanpur experts has revealed an alarming rise in cyber crimes across the country in the last one year.
Senior scientists Manindra Agarwal and Sandeep Shukla, the brains behind the exercise, pointed out that the country needs to upgrade its defences “without any delay” because the risk of cyber crime has doubled. They have submitted the study to the central government, and briefed the parliamentary committee on finance in this regard.

The study, which recommended the expedition of the Computer Emergency Response System (CERS) project for the financial sector, said: “Almost all financial institutions, banks and online transactions are vulnerable to cyber crime. Digital wallets like Paytm and BHIM, which gained prominence after demonetisation, were found unsafe during the research.”

The CERS project was proposed in the Union budget unveiled by the central government.

The experts said as the government was pushing for Aadhaar-based financial transactions, checking the unauthorised use of its database should be a priority. They termed recent leakages of Aadhaar data as a matter of concern.

Cyber crimes had been rising constantly till 2013, when 71,780 such cases were registered in India. The number grew to 1.49 lakh in 2014 and three lakh in 2015, finally doubling in 2016.



The report stated that the websites of financial institutions and government establishments were particularly vulnerable to attacks. “The danger of cyber crime is looming large on the defence, education and telecom sectors. Around 164 government websites were hacked in 2015,” it added.

Agarwal and Shukla noted that while the government initiated a number of post-demonetisation programmes aimed at digitising the economy, the cyber-security centres set up by the Reserve Bank of India were found lacking on several fronts.

The Reserve Bank of India has often approached premier technical institutes, including IIT-Kanpur, for expert opinion on cyber centres. However, they are unable to engage on cyber-security research due to lack of experts. Sources said there were just three to four cyber-security experts across all the IITs in India, and two of them were based at the Kanpur facility.
“The government and private sector partnership system in cyber security also lacks experts. Such partnership centres require updated technology and highly skilled cyber experts,” the study said, advising Indian banks and government agencies to engage top cyber-security experts for creating a layer of advanced protection that was missing in most financial institutions.

The report also pointed out that the Computer Emergency Response Team-India, formed to handle cyber exigencies, is in need of an immediate revamp because it does not have sufficient inter-disciplinary connections.