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

13401 - Hyderabad: People line-up at banks over fake Aadhaar alert - Deccan Chronicle

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | COREENA SUARES
Published
Apr 29, 2018, 2:03 am IST

Programmed messages throw bank customers into panic.

  After standing in the queue for nearly 20 minutes, the staffer after verifying my account informed me that my Aadhaar linkage is successful.”, Geetha Naik said

Hyderabad: Geetha Naik, 52, of Vahini Nagar, Sikh Village, received a message on March 12, 2018, from Axis Bank with a header saying “Government Mandate, Your Aadhaar linkage has failed, to avoid blocking of your Axis bank account by 31/03/18, visit your branch.” Following this, the 52-year-old said, “I took my grandson along to Bowenpally (centre point branch). After standing in the queue for nearly 20 minutes, the staffer after verifying my account informed me that my Aadhaar linkage is successful.”
Unverified bulk messages like “We regret to inform you that your attempt to update Aadhaar has failed due to a difference in your details updated with the bank & UIDAI. We request you to visit the nearest branch at the earliest” from certain banks are proving a hassle to customers. But in reality, many of these customers’ accounts are already linked with their Aadhaar.  An insider of a regional bank said such messages were programmed months ago and are being sent now.








Another Ms Ananya (name changed) who received a similar message from Standard Chartered bank, said, “The text read my Aadhaar card linkage has failed and I need to update it to avoid transactions being blocked. I rushed to the regional branch the same afternoon only to hear the banker say my Aadhaar has been linked and there is no issue. Such messages panic account holders, especially senior citizens living on a pension who fear even that personal revenue being blocked.” 
Another problem prevailing at the banks was that staffers hesitate to link accounts with Aadhaar cards if the customers’ full names are not printed on their cards. Those having initials printed instead of full name have a tough time answering several questions. Thogota Arvind Reddy of Erramanzil faced a tough time as the bank employee did not accept his Aadhaar card as his name read T Arvind Reddy. “I have been a longtime customer of SBI through which I'm currently drawing my pension, even then they asked my details out of suspicion,” said Mr Reddy.

An insider from a regional bank said, “These messages were programmed when the banks starting asking for Aadhaar card account, linkage and few more messages were structured to inform customers if their linkage has failed, however since the messages are sent in bulk, they end up reaching those whose linkage is successful. Messages are sent through shortcode gateways to all customers registered with the bank. In case the customer has linked his/her Aadhaar and there is no block in transactions, this message should be ignored or reported to the bank.”