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

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

13609 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 29th May 2018

The Indian Express
The fear of a threat to privacy because of the use of core biometrics (fingerprints and iris) in Aadhaar is exaggerated because biometrics are not secret ...

The rush over to push Aadhaar linking of individuals to banks, post office and mobile service providers by the government has slowed down in the past ...

Outlook India
Thiruvananthapuram, May 29 Eighty-year old Bhasi had nothing but some soiled currency notes in his pocket when he was travelling in a state-run ...

The team also found that, according to his Aadhaar, Sudama was 65-years old. The RTF report pointed out that Sudama was denied his entitlements ...

Times of India
Also, the distribution of wheat flour and pluses would start by June 15 under the Aadhaar-enabled targeted public distribution system (TPDS). As many ...

The Telegraph India
JCILPS student wing convenor Manjit Sarangthem said the non-locals, without proper identification proof like Aadhaar cards, residential certificates or ...

Times of India
Bheemsen enjoyed the status of a government employee, andwasenjoying a government pension when truth caught up with him, thanks to Aadhaar ...

The Interpreter
In this piece, Rahul Bhatia discusses India's “Aadhaar”, the largest biometric identification database in existence, and argues that it might be the ...

... Prasad said there are 121 crore mobile phones and Aadhaar, 45 crore smartphones and that JanDhan-Aadhaar-mobile trinity (JAM trinity) had let to ...

... the government over the past four years include GST, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code, One Rank, One Pension, Aadhaar Act, 2016 and Black Money ...

If you want to receive details of your last contribution and PF balance, your UAN must be seeded with any one of your bank account numbers, Aadhaar ...

Economic Times (blog)
Today, Aadhaar-linked bank accounts and the General Anti-Avoidance Rules are at the disposal of the tax authorities to establish if the investment has ...

Instead, the government took some disastrous decisions like demonetization and hasty implementation of the GST, and forcing Aadhaar on the public, ...

The Tribune
Ranjit Singh (82), who fought a legal battle against the French Government to keep intact his identity as a turbaned Sikh, has returned to India with ...

PNB opened 7.463 million bank accounts using Aadhaar based eKYC during the quarter, up 39.4% as compared to March 2017.

BW Businessworld
India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) is offering its account holders an option to de-link Aadhaar number. 8. Ola will set up a holding company that will ...

Times of India
... be submitted – while the school asked for voter ID and some other documents, the online form needed Aadhaar card as proof for most requirements.

Deccan Chronicle
Some of them even circulating messages in WhatsApp groups asking students to bring the mobile phone, Aadhaar card, community certificate, plus 2 ...

Deccan Chronicle
The victims were identified from their Aadhaar cards as Bunga Venkaiah, 47, his wife Rajani, 40, their daughter Rajani who are residents of Nehru ...

Times of India
“While applying for ration card, an individual is supposed to provide his Aadhaar number as well as bank account, failing which the online application ...

In addition, SBI is claiming 496,970 BHIM-Aadhaar-SBI Merchant Payments Acceptance touch points, 558,440 of SBI Pay Merchant Acceptance touch ...

India Today
The final report was filed under various sections of Indian Penal Code, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Passport Act, Aadhaar Act and the ...

Connected to India
However, there are certain issues such as opening up the Aadhaar card system and providing currency exchange information in real-time, that need to ...

Business Standard
After you have successfully e-filed your income tax return, you should e-verify your ITR-V via Netbanking, Aadhaar Card or through the EVC process ...

... approach to apply for instant loans wherein the application process is entirely online and can be completed using Aadhaar and PAN cards.

AglaSem News
To do, the candidates will have to create an account by submitting basic details like name, date of birth, gender, aadhaar number, etc. Then the ...

Punjab News Express
All participants should be born in the year 2003 or 2004 and should have Aadhaar card of Chandigarh. The championship will start at 9 a.m.