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

13543 - Aadhaar ruling soon to come from India’s Supreme Court - Biometric Update

Aadhaar ruling soon to come from India’s Supreme Court
May 14, 2018 | Chris Burt

India’s Supreme Court is nearing a ruling in its hearing on the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar identification registry, which at 38 days is now the second-longest hearing in the country’s history, Firstpost reports. Firstpost has extensively summarized the arguments made during the hearing, in chronological order.

Arguments began with 19 days of petitioner arguments, which concluded with nine specific complaints about Aadhaar, each of which the petitioner’s claim can only be addressed by canceling part or all of the program. Petitioners presented arguments that the inclusion of metadata violates privacy rights and could enable profiling of individuals, that Aadhaar represents over-reaching surveillance, that protections may be necessary to protect the abuse of data, that the Aadhaar Act lacks proportionality and does not include necessary provisions, such as for alternative forms of identification, that it is more intrusive than a system in which biometrics are stored on a card, Firstpost says. They also argued that it violates the right to equality, and biometrics are inherently unreliable, that children cannot consent to private data collection, that religious objections to participation should be respected, that transgender people may not be able to provide adequate documents to register for an Aadhaar number, and that non-resident Indians could be prevented from acquiring a SIM or paying taxes.

Attorney General KK Venugopal led the State’s defense, presenting counter-arguments and information from the Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI). The State argued that vast amounts of money have been saved under Aadhaar, and defended its constitutional legitimacy, saying that it represents a limited and reasonable restriction of privacy in the larger interest of the public.

Petitioners began counter-arguments on day 33 of the proceedings, rejecting many of the State’s claims, and calling for both individual sections of the Aadhaar Act and the entirety to be thrown out for a variety of reasons, both procedural and practical.

Along the way, the Court has extended deadlines for requiring Aadhaar to access services, and has rendered a series of judgements and positions on specific issues within the case, such as the applicability of previous decisions to certain arguments.

Enrollment software used in the Aadhaar program has recently been reported for sale with the biometric data protection safeguards disabled, in the latest of a parade of security problems facing Aadhaar. Despite these problems, the IMF lauded the program in April, noting that its encryption of biometric data is consistent with preserving privacy rights, but that enhanced security controls may be necessary.

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