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

Sunday, April 29, 2018

13386 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 28th April 2018

Times of India
CISF takes over security of Aadhaar Centre, Manesar ... NEW DELHI: The Central Industrial Security Force on Friday took over the security of all-important and sensitive UIDAI data centre at Manesar, the repository of Aadhaar Data, to protect it against possible terror strikes or other threats. The force has ...

For some reason, Aadhaar has been a project that the governments of all political hues have defended vehemently. It was the UPA government that reared the monster and now it's the NDA that is feeding it. In the midst of this, Aadhaar and its data has found favours from the state government.

HuffPost India
The Aadhaar-mobile linking is one example. Soon after the petition was heard in court, the government used it to claim that the Supreme Court had made it mandatory to link Aadhaar to mobile phones. Coincidentally, around the same time, RS Sharma, an IAS officer who is the chairman of the Telecome ...

Business Today
Clearing misunderstandings is one of the objectives of the informal heads of state meeting between Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping; despite a ban, bank details, caste, religion, geo locations as well as Aadhaar numbers of nearly 1.5 lakh beneficiaries of the Andhra Pradesh Housing Corporation's website ...

Inc42 Media
2 Days, 3 Leaks: Who Needs To Break 'The 5 Ft Thick Wall' Of UIDAI If Aadhaar Data Is Available Online? The Data Leak Revealed Sensitive Details Including A Person's Aadhaar Number, Bank Branch, IFSC Code, Account Number, Caste, Address And Other Details Suprita Anupam April 27, 2018 3 ...

The Indian Express
The Punjab and Haryana High Court Friday asked the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to explain how Date of Birth (DoB) and addresses of applicants are accepted for Aadhaar cards without proper verification. The HC was hearing a case of a Punjab runaway couple, in which the husband ...

CISF cover for Aadhaar hub - The Telegraph India

Introduction of compulsory biometric authentication of all cardholders in the public distribution system (PDS) is a component of this ambitious, large-scale project. What this means is that beneficiaries get their ration cards linked to their Aadhaar numbers (it's called Aadhaar seeding) and to avail of their ...

Business Today
Clearing misunderstandings is one of the objectives of the informal heads of state meeting between Narendra Modi and Xi Xinping; despite a ban, bank details, caste, religion, geo locations as well as Aadhaar numbers of nearly 1.5 lakh beneficiaries of the Andhra Pradesh Housing Corporation's ...

Headlines of Today
The online ticket booking segment of the Indian Railways named The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), can also be linked to your Aadhaar number.Similar to link your bank account and phone number to aadhaar.your IRCTC account can also be linked to the Aadhaar number, ...

Business Standard
A study done by a leading international consultancy on the request of NITI Aayog and the department of fertiliser showed a rise in retailers using their own or someone else's Aadhaar number instead of the farmer's to register sales during the peak season. Peak purchase of fertiliser for the kharif season ...

The Indian Express
The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has asked the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for support in devising a programme which would help in providing connectivity to fishermen in high seas possibly with Aadhaar details of the fishermen and in verifying antecedents of unknown persons in the high ...

In a major embarrassment to the state government, the Andhra Pradesh Benefit Disbursement Portal made details of 89,38,138 MNREGA beneficiaries public. The leak was brought to light by a Hyderabad-based Internet security researcher Kodali Srinivas. He called it a serious violation of privacy.

The Indian Express
This has lessons for us in India too, where Aadhaar is seen as a drill to get the “new oil”, data. Recently, some businesses built on the Aadhaar platform intervened in the Supreme Court arguing that “access to the Aadhaar eco-system.is critical” and declaring Aadhaar illegal will cause them “grave and ...

The Hindu
Earlier, a high drama was witnessed at the marriage venue as the girl's parents flaunting the Aadhaar card (issued on the basis of an entry made in the ration card), insisted that the girl was a major and that they should be allowed to complete the marriage as they had already spent over ₹1 lakh and had ...

The Startup Journal (blog)
Prior to Udyog aadhar govt are providing MSME Registration under the MSME act 2006 but after September 2015 govt notified Udyog Aadhaar Registration to avail the government benefits and scheme throughout one page simplified registration. Udyog Aadhaar is 12 Digit business registration unique ...

While Aadhaar-based authentication at the point-of-sale (PoS) centres has improved from earlier, nearly 3.4 per cent farmers are still unable to authenticate their unique identities either because of connectivity issues, or a biometric mismatch due to the machine not reading data correctly.

Outlook India
The day after Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu, as chairman of the Rajya Sabha, rejected the Opposition's move to impeach Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, the CJI presided over the five-judge bench hearing the crucial Aadhaar case in the Supreme Court. Misra and the other four judges heard ...

Times of India
The committee, set up under the chairmanship of cabinet minister Sidharth Nath Singh, is looking into the viability of having a common electoral roll which can be used for all elections, if it is possible to link the electoral roll to Aadhaar and possibility to conduct all elections simultaneously. "I have formed ...

The Indian Express
The bench, also comprising Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, is hearing a batch of petitions challenging the Constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act. (Express Illustration). The Supreme Court on April 25 questioned the Centre's decision to link mobile numbers ...

Times of India
Submit a valid photo ID like a PAN card, Aadhaar or driving licence. 7. You will receive an OTP on your registered mobile number. 8. Enter the PIN correctly and you will receive a confirmation message. 9. You will now be taken to the EPFO Member Claims Portal. You can log in using your document ID ...

The Hindu
... Road, Pattuthakkam bus stand, Kavanur Bazaar on Arni Road, and Ponnai bus stand. Services such as new landline connections (LL99), broadband plans, SIM card sales, mobile number portability and linking of mobile number with Aadhaar will be available at the mela, according to a press release.

Daily Pioneer
... financial year under the district scheme for distributing scholarship of students belonging to minority communities, studying in pre-matric classes. According to the order issued in this regard, the scholarship amount will be transferred directly to the bank accounts of students after their aadhaar seeding.