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

Friday, May 4, 2018

13449 - Aadhaar Technology Is Worth Emulating: - INC 42


Aadhaar Technology Is Worth Emulating: 

Bill GatesThe Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Has Funded The World Bank To Take Aadhaar To Other Countries

May 3, 2018 3 min read
INC42 STAFF

While Aadhaar hearing at Supreme Court enters its fourth month and the country is busy analysing the data breach speculations, the Microsoft Chief Bill Gates has termed Aadhaar technology to be worth emulating for other countries.

As per reports, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has funded the World Bank to take this approach to other countries as well. “Nandan Nilekani, Infosys founder who is considered as the chief architect of Aadhaar technology, was consulting and helping the World Bank on the project,” Bill Gates said in a recent media interaction.

“The benefits of that (basic ID — Aadhaar) are very high. Countries should adopt that approach because the quality of governance has a lot to do with how quickly countries are able to grow their economy and empower their people,” Bill Gates added.

Bill gates further defended Aadhaar technology on privacy issues and stated that being just a bio ID verification scheme, Aadhaar poses no threat.


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“The individual applications that use Aadhaar technology, you have to look and see what’s been stored and who has access to that information. And so, application by application, you have to make sure that’s well managed. In the case of the financial bank account I think it’s handled very well,” he said.

It is to be noted, that UIDAI Chief Ajay Bhushan Pandey, in a recent Supreme Court hearing also stated that “It would take more than the age of the universe to break one encryption.”

Earlier in January 2018, 20 countries including Russia, Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia indicated their initial interests in adopting Aadhaar technology in their own territories.

Inc42 also reported that in order to promote the UID model overseas with the facilitation support of the World Bank, Government of India has formed a body comprising Ministry of External Affairs, Department of Information Technology and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

However, Bill Gates beliefs have been continuously refuted with unending data breaches under Aadhaar. A day earlier, reports surfaced that aadhaar information through EPFO has been leaked, after previous reports of data leak of 8.9 Mn people which came to light through an Aadhaar whistleblower Srinivas Kodali, who shared the screenshots of Aadhaar data details of MNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) beneficiaries.

While the talks erupt for the global level adoption of identity like Aadhaar, a recent report by digital security company Gemalto predicts that 3.6 Bn people around the world will carry some form of national electronic ID card by 2021.

The digital identity extreme is being pushed by the Chinese government which is planning to introduce Social Credit System, which will rate the trustworthiness of its 1.3 Bn citizens on the basis of daily online activities, social media posts, and tax payments.

While everything else seems to be at the place, it is still difficult to explain the recent data breaches and the privacy concerns associated with the technology. With million dollar funds and data of 1 Bn+ Indians at stake, the Bill Gates statements have been a refreshing stance for the Aadhaar supporters. But will this lead way to a positive stand from the Supreme Court as well its something which cannot be predicted for now.

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