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, May 13, 2018

13519 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 13th May 2018

It was STQC certified at its launch, helping to ensure it would be compatible with India's Aadhaar ID program; but as the latter has evolved and ...

The Hindu
Aadhaar card may be the key to identify the woman, whose badly charred body, was found at a vacant layout abutting the road between Kothapalem ...

Times of India
In most cases, the victims told police that the swindlers knew that their Aadhaar was not linked with their bank account. Officials of the cyber cell said ...

Times of India
PANAJI: Minister for labour and employment Rohan Khaunte has requested the industry sector to provide Aadhaar-linked data of the employees ...

Times of India
Police officials said that two Aadhaar cards with the same number and biometrics but with different photos were found on the accused, Devendrasinh ...

Business Standard
A Bangladeshi national coming from New Delhi was arrested in the city airport after security personnel found that he was carrying a fake Aadhaar card ...

Business Standard
A Bangladeshi national was arrested in the airport here for allegedly carrying a fake Aadhaar card and an expired visa, police said on Saturday.

The arguments against Aadhaar began with the assertion that data collection was happening in the absence of a law, that personnel were not ...

The fate of the Aadhaar will be decided after a marathon hearing that was also historic, because the arguments and proceedings in the Supreme Court ...

India Today
Vishal's Irumbu Thirai, which released today, is facing opposition from certain fringe groups for allegedly showing the Aadhaar project in a bad light.

Citizens across India are struggling to find an answer as telecom retailers continue demanding Aadhaar for new connections. This, despite an SC ...

National Herald
I have been even asked to go to the local Aadhaar office which I have done only to be told that it is none of their business. Their work is just to make ...

Odisha Television Ltd.
Kolkata: A Bangladeshi national was arrested in the airport here for allegedly carrying a fake Aadhaar card and an expired visa, police said on ...

Business Standard
The CISF today apprehended a Bangladeshi man at the airport here with an Aadhaar card that was allegedly "fraudulently obtained" by him from the ...

The Wire
He added that “as per gurujan (gurugan.gov.in) portal, 85,708 Aadhaar numbers are found to be either duplicate or invalid. These cases would be ...

The Telegraph India
The department told Bhardwaj that data on teachers with Aadhaar numbers had been collected during the all-India survey on higher education, ...

In India, too, privacy has been a bone of contention of late, with the Union government's 'imposition' of Aadhaar and multiple reports of leak of private ...

The News Minute
Aadhaar Card. In case you have a voter's ID, but it is not possible to establish you photo ID, then you will have to produce any one of the acceptable ...

The Hindu
The police official enters the challan number and the Aadhaar number on the computer and then he asks for Aadhaar number of Naveen's mother who ...

apherald.com - unit of India Herald Group Publishers [P] LIMITED
Irumbuthirai has reportedly increased the public fear on Aadhaar card, which happens to be the pivotal element of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ...

Financial Express
Imagine a scenario where your Aadhaar card tracks what you do and rates your social behaviour. Haven't paid your electricity bill? Minus points.

The Indian Express
... with photograph, Authenticated Photo Voter Slip issued by the election machinery, Official identity cards issued to MPs/MLAs/MLCs, Aadhaar Card.

The Statesman
Q: The government has started linking Aadhaar card with the public distribution system in India. How do you see these initiatives and do they really ...

The New Indian Express
The woman also maintained that she was staying with her brother and his family willingly and her date of birth in her Aadhaar card, produced by the ...

Deccan Chronicle
The movie, directed by debutant P.S. Mithran, is facing the wrath of political outfits for reportedly showing the Aadhaar scheme in poor light and taking ...