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 25, 2018

13591 - "No One Can Harm Your Bank Account Just By Knowing Your Aadhaar," Says UIDAI - NDTV


Aadhaar authentication requires either a biometric verification or verification on the basis of an OTP or one-time passcode.

Your Money | NDTV Profit Team | Updated: May 24, 2018 12:33 IST

The 12-digit Aadhaar number - also known as UID - and Aadhaar card are issued by the UIDAI

What if someone gets to know your Aadhaar card number? Can an unauthorized person having access to your Aadhaar number steal money from your bank account? Any Aadhaar transaction requires authentication and no financial transaction can be made in absence of such authentication. This was said by the UIDAI or Unique Identification Authority of India on microblogging site Twitter. Making the general public aware about Aadhaar card security, the UIDAI said: "Just by knowing your Aadhaar number, no one can cause any harm to your bank account..."

That means, an individual having knowledge of someone else's Aadhaar number - also known as Unique Identity Number (UID) - will not be able to commit a bank fraud against the Aadhaar holder with the 12-digit personal identification number alone. Seeking to allay concerns of Aadhaar holders on safety of their bank accounts, the UIDAI said: "Any transaction requires authentication - biometric (your fingerprint or Iris scan) or OTP (sent to your mobile). Without which, a financial transaction cannot be made."

"No one can harm your bank account just by knowing your Aadhaar," explained the UIDAI, the issuer of the 12-digit Aadhaar number as well as the Aadhaar card.


"Aadhaar number alone cannot be used for banking or any other service." That is a message from the UIDAI on its website - uidai.gov.in - where the Aadhaar-issuing body has debunked many misconceptions. Just like by merely knowing someone's ATM card number, no one can withdraw money from the ATM machine, according the UIDAI.

Aadhaar authentication requires either a biometric verification or verification on the basis of an OTP or one-time passcode. Biometric verification is carried out by scanning a person's thumbprint or iris. OTP-based verification, on the other hand, is carried out through an SMS-based verification. This SMS is sent by the Aadhaar system to an Aadhaar holder's registered mobile number.

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The UIDAI has time and again addressed concerns of the Aadhaar card holders. In a separate Tweet, the UIDAI said that digital Aadhaar card or 'e-Aadhaar' can be used just like an Aadhaar card in physical form. E-Aadhaar is a digitally signed, verifiable document "as valid as the Aadhaar letter delivered by post", said the UIDAI.


Meanwhile, the UIDAI has set up a dedicated Twitter handle to address customer queries. Users will be able to reach the Aadhaar Help Centre via Twitter handle 'Aadhaar_Care'.