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

13520 - Aadhaar-link con calls may wipe out your bank balance - TNN

Pathikrit Chakraborty | TNN | May 13, 2018, 10:02 IST

LUCKNOW: Cyber criminals have been exploiting the government’s directive to link bank accounts with Aadhaar to swindle people in the city. 

Of the total 550 cases of cyber crime reported at police cyber cell in the city this year, 220 were of vishing in which swindlers posing as officials duping people by tricking them into sharing details of their bank account, credit and debit card, for Aadhaar linking. 

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 that calls were made either during night or in the wee hours. 

Of total 550 cases reported from January 1till May 10, besides 220 of vishing, 200 were of fraud through social networking sites, 60 of card cloning, 35 of e-wallet fraud and 35 of phishing cases. Sleuths of the cyber cell also said that 4-5 cases of cyber crimes are registered daily, of which around 50% are of vishing. They chatted on Facebook messenger and befriended the victims before proposing a deal like winning lottery, offering gift and saying that article from a foreign country has arrived but sought money for clearance at customs.

In phishing, miscreants email links of fake websites. The email links ask people to register on website and fill details of debit, credit cards.

Forget about con call.

Forget about con call.
Hello Aadhaar Gndus, Nandan NIlekani, R S Sharma, Ajay Bhushan Pandey,
Who will compensate when bank account gets looted using cloned fingerprint at aadhaar enabled ATM/micro ATM.
Hang these aadhaar scammers for unleashing aadhaar atrocities on billion Indians. Jai Hind.

Selling Aadhaar Data

In another online fraud method known as ‘pharming’, some random IPs are Nodal in charge of cyber cell, Abhay Mishra, said that miscreants posed as bank officials and took debit card details from people for linking Aadhaar and then withdrew money. “In some cases, we found that fraudsters had a nexus with bank staff from whom they got data of accounts not linked with Aadhaar,” he added.

Cyber criminals also browsed profiles on social networking sites, especially Facebook, to select a target. controlled and whenever people make payments during online transactions, it is rerouted to a fake website. The details filed up in the fake website are used by fraudsters. “Incidents of debit and credit card cloning were also reported. In these cases, a salesperson or staffer takes your card for swiping and also swipes it in a skimmer machine which copies the data from the magnetic strip. The data is used to create a cloned card,” said Mishra.