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

Sunday, April 29, 2018

13400 - Beware, SIM card sellers can misuse your Aadhaar biometrics - The Hindu


HYDERABAD, APRIL 28, 2018 23:37 IST


Thumb rule: Linking of Aadhaar card being done for a new SIM card.   | Photo Credit: G_RAMAKRISHNA

New cards can be activated using fingerprints multiple times
Next time you want to buy a new Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card for your mobile device, be wary if your retailer tries to take your Aadhaar-linked fingerprints more than once.

The retailer can get a new SIM card activated — without your knowledge — using your thumb impression multiple times. Cases have surfaced of SIM cards thus activated being sold to persons who have then used them to commit crimes.

A SIM card retailer of Yasin Mobiles shop, Mohammed Rahmatullah, in Amberpet of Hyderabad was caught by Department of Telecommunications officials here two days ago on such a charge. “He admitted to have sold over 150 SIM cards fraudulently acquired in this manner. Some of these cards are being used to operate illegal Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone call rackets at different places in the country,” a senior DoT officer told The Hindu.

VoIP racket
A Hyderabadi woman grew suspicious when she got a phone call from abroad with a local mobile phone number. She complained to a DoT call centre. “Our inquiries confirmed that she got phone call from abroad through someone operating a VoIP racket, who purchased a local SIM card from a retailer. The latter got that SIM card activated by misusing Aadhaar biometrics of an unsuspecting person,” they explained. 

Further investigations suggested that SIM cards obtained by misusing customers were being used by many illegal phone call operators in other parts like Delhi. “We’re alerting officials concerned and catching them with the help of local police,” the DoT officials said. VoIP call rackets are not only making a huge dent on the exchequer but also raising security concerns. The authorities are worried that these cards may land in the hands of terrorists.

Mobile phone service SIM card sellers have Aadhaar card biometrics readers, and the scanners are connected to a computer to process applications for different service providers. Retailers verify customer’s fingerprints often with customers not being able to see the confirmation of identify on computer screens.

“Customers do not know if biometrics matched in the first attempt. Hence, retailers collect fingerprints multiple times,” the authorities said. When the fingerprints match, automatically all details, including photograph, available in Aadhaar card, are captured in the mobile phone service provider’s Know Your Customer (KYC) form.

Earlier, this was done manually using a photocopy of customer’s identity proof document. The retailers who create multiple SIM using a single identity are reportedly selling them to fraudsters for ₹1,000 to ₹3,000 each.

Since roaming charges were done away with, SIM cards purchased in Hyderabad can be used anywhere. “Our analysis of some SIM cards sold by Rahmathullah suggest that they were being used to operate VoIP call rackets from various places in the country,” the investigators said.

Amberpet police of Hyderabad Commissionerate registered a criminal case against Mohammed Rahamatullah and he was booked under sections 471 (using forged document or electronic record as genuine) and 420 (cheating) of IPC, besides Indian Telegraph Act provisions.

DoT officials are planning to take up a countrywide campaign to caution people against falling prey to the misuse of Aadhaar biometrics by SIM card sellers. Mobile phone service providers have been asked to send individual messages to all their customers about the fraudulent practice.


The campaign would use short video clips, slides and photos. “We are yet to devise a plan on alerting people of rural and remote parts about the scam,” the officials said.