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 27, 2018

13602 - UIDAI bid to allay bank fraud fears - TNN

UIDAI bid to allay bank fraud fears

Nisha Nambiar | TNN | May 25, 2018, 23:50 IST

PUNE: The UIDAI has said citizens need not delay linking Aadhaar with bank accounts while seeking to allay fears that disclosure of the unique number will lead to any financial frauds. 

“Just by knowing your Aadhaar number, no one can cause any harm to your bank account...” the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) tweeted. The authorities ruled out any kind of data leak and said no financial transaction can be done even if one is aware about a person’s Aadhaar card number. 

The UIDAI said for authentications such as biometric fingerprint, iris scan and a one time password (OTP) are a must for any transaction, without which a financial deal is impossible. 

In effect, the UIDAI wants to reach out to a large number of citizens awaiting the final verdict of the Supreme Court hearing a batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar from January. The court has currently reserved its verdict and is expected to pronounce its judgment in July or August. 

District officials aware of the process said the citizens need not wait till the final verdict and should link their bank accounts with Aadhaar without any fear. 

An official engaged in the Aadhaar enrolment process said knowledge of a person’s 12-digit personal identification number alone is not sufficient to commit a bank fraud against the Aadhaar card holder. 

Activists and e-governance expert Anupam Saraph said these assurances by the authority “are as meaningless as a tobacco company’s assurance that smoking will not harm you or the passive smoker”.

The UIDAI has, in the meantime, set up a dedicated Twitter handle to address customers’ queries. Users can reach the Aadhaar Help Centre via Twitter handle “Aadhaar_Care”. 

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While the UIDAI is seeking to assure citizens that their bank details are safe even if someone else knows their Aadhaar number, the rising incidences of bank frauds put a question mark on its claim. Besides, the constant reiteration to link one’s bank account with Aadhaar is galling, since the Supreme Court is yet to deliver a final verdict on the issue. UIDAI should hold its horses for now and let citizens take a call on whether to go ahead with the linking or not.

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