Aadhaar

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

Thursday, April 26, 2018

13358 - Another Aadhaar vulnerability exposed? Andhra Pradesh families can be geo-located with one click - Times Now News


Updated Apr 25, 2018 | 13:21 IST | Mirror Now Digital

According to a HuffPost report by Aman Sethi, anyone with an internet connection who intends to identify and locate minority families, can do so by typing in “religion” or “caste” in the search bar on a website maintained by the Andhra Pradesh government. Security researcher Srinivas Kodali was the first one to spot the vulnerability.

Security researcher Srinivas Kodali was the first one to spot the vulnerability. 

According to a HuffPost report by Aman Sethi, anyone with an internet connection who intends to identify and locate minority families, can do so by typing in “religion” or “caste” in the search bar on a website maintained by the Andhra Pradesh government. Security researcher Srinivas Kodali was the first one to spot the vulnerability. The news portal has not revealed the name of the website to protect the privacy of citizens who have been listed on it. Shockingly, on using the dashboard on the website, HuffPost India was apparently able to access the latitude and longitude of houses of the people listed on the database.

"When HuffPost India checked back on the database, the number of families enrolled had increased, suggesting the database continually updated and the privacy implications are growing every hour. HuffPost India is not publishing the exact numbers, as this is sensitive information. The dashboard uses Aadhaar numbers as a unique identifier to compile detailed information about beneficiaries of a widely-promoted government subsidy programme," writes Sethi.

Multiple privacy advocates have constantly voiced their worries about the fact that Aadhaar seeding can be used to create ginormous and detailed databases of citizens which can negatively impact and affect the common person. "A database like this, means anyone can simply Whatsapp the locations of the homes of victims to rioters. It is very scary," said activist Kavita Srivastava to the news portal "Creating public, searchable, digital profiles of minorities makes them potential targets of attack. In the past, rioters used crude forms of targeting, which allowed at least some victims to escape," she added.

The report also details how the dashboard revealed the phone numbers, bank account numbers and IIFSC codes of all those enrolled on it. "The authorities masked the Aadhaar numbers after I wrote to them. But 50 lac phone numbers are still available on the site for anyone to take," Kodali told HuffPost India. "We find that authorities seem to forget to mask Aadhaar numbers each time they upload a new batch of data." Because of this, the report further states, a person's data thus exposed is enough to wipe out their entire bank accounts.