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

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

13404 - In A Week, Aadhaar Data Of 70 Lakh Children On Andhra Pradesh Government Sites - NDTV



Public display of Aadhaar numbers is illegal. In November 2017, the UIDAI said that 210 government websites had publicly displayed Aadhaar details.

All India | Written by Sukirti Dwivedi | Updated: April 30, 2018 16:59 IST

Thirty FIRs have been registered so far for alleged violations of the Aadhaar law. 

NEW DELHI:  The UIDAI, the body that governs Aadhaar, has maintained that its database is secure with them. But there have been reports of multiple government departments using the Aadhaar data and have been found disclosing private details of lakhs of citizens. Despite these leaks being reported, no substantial action seems to have been taken. 

A Hyderabad-based cyber security researcher found 3 different portals of the Andhra Pradesh government disclosing Aadhaar numbers of 90 lakh adults and 70 lakh children in the last seven days.

The Jharkhand government's social security department was found to have recently published Aadhaar numbers of 15 lakh pensioners on its website. The Chandigarh Public Distribution scheme website disclosed Aadhaar numbers of 5 lakh ration card holders. The Kerala government's pension scheme website was found to have displayed the unique identification numbers of 35 lakh pensioners.

In November last year, the UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) said that 210 central and state government websites had publicly displayed Aadhaar details.

Srinivas Kodali, the cyber security researcher who found 3 Andhra Pradesh government portals disclosing Aadhaar data, said government officials want to link "everything" to Aadhaar since it eases their administrative tasks. "But when you do this, you stop securing it and leaks become easier. You don't know which data is to be disclosed publicly and which one is to be safeguarded. The UIDAI and state officials hound the whistle-blowers and go after them instead of figuring out the problem. Just like the way they reacted when Rachna Khaira reported in The Tribune about buying Aadhaar data of millions for 
Rs.500."

Public display of Aadhaar numbers is illegal under the Aadhaar Act 2016 but the UIDAI, which has filed 30 police complaints so far for alleged violations of the law, including those against journalists and cyber security researchers, has not taken any action against the government departments that put up the Aadhaar data.

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The UIDAI did not respond when NDTV contacted the agency. 

Experts believe that the problem also lies in the Aadhaar laws. 

Supreme Court lawyer and cyber law expert, Pavan Duggal said, "I believe the Aadhaar ecosystem is completely unsafe. There is so much Aadhaar information flowing in this ecosystem and the Aadhaar Act is completely deficient in addressing the ecosystem related legal issues... The Aadhaar Act strips the citizens of India, all Aadhaar card holders of even their basic right to report about misuse of Aadhaar. You cannot register an FIR, only the UIDAI can."