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

Saturday, May 19, 2018

13537 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 16th May 2018

Deccan Herald
Aadhaar card is not mandatory for central government employees to get their pension, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh has said.

The News Minute
VS Chandrasekar. There are serious concerns about the collection of biometric data for Aadhaar cards in India and these must be allayed, a former ...

Jagran Josh
The Minister stated that Aadhaar is an additional facility to enable the use of technology for submission of life certificate without the need for visiting ...

The Hindu
All the nine Myanmarese with fake Aadhaar cards are from Yangon state in Myanmar, and two of them are into trafficking,” S. Ibomcha, Tengnoupal ...

The Sangai Express
IMPHAL, May 15: Around 12 individuals (some with fake Aadhaar cards and some involved in forging Aadhaar cards) who were arrested by ...

The New Indian Express
Vodafone, which enjoys 18.20 per cent market share (December-end TRAI data), blatantly refused to provide new SIMs without Aadhaar proof.

Times of India
Jaipur: On Tuesday, as union minister of state for personnel Jitendra Singh clarified that there was no need for Aadhaar verification for retired Central ...

WeChat is a Chinese super-app that handles everything from personal communication to doctor's appointments to cab and food orders. Chinese govt.

Clipper28 (satire) (press release) (blog)
Central government has yet again clarified that Aadhaar card is not mandatory for central government employees to get their pension. This was ...

Authorities have recovered fake Aadhar cards from “illegal Myanmar Muslim immigrants” in Manipur as reported by the state's Chief Minister ...

The Tribune
The Chandigarh regional office of UIDAI has been assigned to enroll and issue Aadhaar cards to residents of Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal ...

“Questions have been raised if linking the ECI's data with Aadhaar will compromise privacy and security. There, too, my answer is no. The only ...

The Sangai Express
... the State to the next plane, the detection of nine immigrants with forged Aadhaar cards, the call of Chief Minister N Biren to verify Aadhaar cards and ...

Financial Times
There is the innovative Aadhaar system — a unique identity number for each Indian citizen, which can be used for direct benefit transfer — whose ...

United News of India
The Chandigarh Regional Office of UIDAI has been assigned to enroll and issue Aadhaar to residents of Himachal Pradesh , Punjab, Haryana, ...

Daily Excelsior
... their attendance regularly either by Non- Aadhaar Based Biometric Face Recognition System or by Aadhaar Based Biometric Attendance System.

Times of India
... youths arrested at Agartala railway station last week for their alleged links with a UP-based fake Aadhaar manufacturing gang and anti-Indian forces ...

The Telegraph India
"Three of the 10 trolley handlers barred from the terminal are 62, going by the dates of birth mentioned in their Aadhaar cards. Another three are ...

Economic Times
While inaccurate electoral rolls have largely been blamed for the poor voter turnout in Bengaluru on Saturday, the apathy of election authorities in ...

The Hindu
Mr. Rohatgi had steered the government side through many court battles, including the NJAC and the early days of Aadhaar challenge in the apex ...

The Telegraph India
... interrogate 24 Bangladeshi youths who were arrested on Thursday with fake Aadhaar cards, outdated passports and madarsa-issued identity cards.

Daily Pioneer
The DC instructed all JEs to report about Handwash Unit with photographs within 1 week. The BEEOs were directed to ensure 100 per cent Aadhaar ...

Daily Pioneer
The bankers of the State have been told to pay special attention in order to get maximum result out of seeding of Aadhaar data, Mudra loan ...

Times of India
The company has an online, Aadhaar-based KYC process and paperless transactions, thus cutting out complexities. “It has been our commitment to ...

The Telegraph India
... hundreds of visiting cards of various travel agencies, more than 200 biodatas and several voter IDs, Aadhaar cards and PAN cards from the accused ...