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

Friday, April 27, 2018

13372 - Telcos say just obeyed DoT orders on linking mobile nos with Aadhaar - Economic Times


Mobile phone operators said they were only following directions of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), as license holders of telecom services, while pushing subscribers for Aadhaar-based verification of mobile phone connections. 

The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), which represents all carriers including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Idea Cellular and Reliance Jio, Thursday added that as licensees, the companies were bound by the conditions in the license to obey all reasonable rules issued by the telecom department. 

The comments come a day after the Supreme Court said it didn’t mandate seeding of mobile numbers with Aadhaar and added that its earlier order on mandatory authentication of the users was used as a "tool" by the government. 

"Regarding the issue of mobile subscriber verification by TSPs (telecom service providers), we would like to highlight that the TSPs are the licensees under the Telegraph Act, 1885, and are bound by the license conditions to observe all the reasonable/justifiable directions issued by the Licensor, i.e., Department of Telecommunication (DoT)," COAI said in response to queries from ET 

"Our member operators have been consistently following the direction issue by their Licensor in so far as the Aadhaar based e-KYC is concerned,” it added. 

The association however declined to comment on whether the DoT mandate asking telcos for Aadhaar-based verification was done incorrectly or not. 

The DoT didn’t comment on the matter through Thursday. 

“We would like to point out that COAI is not a party to Aadhaar proceedings in the Supreme Court and therefore will refrain from commenting on DoT’s understanding or interpretation of the Supreme Court order,” the association said. 

The government, especially the DoT, has been left red faced for having apparently misinterpreted the Supreme Court's February 6, 2017 observation and mandated linking of mobile phone numbers with Aadhaar. The process itself, and the incessant messaging by telcos urging users to link their mobile numbers with Aadhaar, had become a sore point among millions of users, especially the elderly or handicapped who found it difficult to get to an outlet of a telco. Telcos were then forced to come out with alternate ways for reverification of such subscribers as well as foreign nationals. 

But the SC on Wednesday clarified that it had not directed linking of SIM with UID at all, even though the Union government's circular said so. "There was no direction by the court," the court said. 

DoT has always maintained that it has been mandated by the Supreme Court to re-verify all mobile numbers and had set the deadline of February 6, 2018, which was later extended to March 31. 

Last month, the DoT extended the time limit for re-verifying mobile numbers through Aadhaar, till the time the Supreme Court decides on an ongoing case on the validity of the identity number and its enabling law. 

It even added that all communications including voice or text messages sent by carriers to their subscribers should not include any last date for re-verification. 

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