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

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

13610 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 30th May 2018

80% people concerned about Aadhaar data security: Study 
Times of India
NEW DELHI: Following the Facebook data breach, the sentiment of Indian internet users has taken a beating, a study suggests, as 80 per cent of ...

8 out of 10 people concerned about Aadhaar data security, says study - The Asian Age
8 out of 10 people concerned about Aadhaar data privacy: Study - Brinkwire (press release)

How Aadhaar Helped 80-Year-Old With Memory Loss Reunite With Family
NDTV
Thiruvananthapuram: Eighty-year old Bhasi had nothing but some soiled currency notes in his pocket when he was travelling in a state-run transport ...

Aadhaar helps octogenarian in Kerala to reunite with family
Moneycontrol.com
But, finally the Aadhaar came in handy in helping the old man rejoin his family here on May 26, police said. "The man was very weak. He was suffering ...

Aadhaar helps an eighty-year-old man in Kerala to reunite with family
The New Indian Express
Police took the finger print of the old man, who was suffering from memory loss, and derived his personal imformation. Later he was dropped at his ...

Aadhaar of dead person is now mandatory for last rites in Kaashi
India Today
Aadhaar card has become mandatory for almost everyone in almost all spheres of life. Now, it has also become mandatory even in the matters of ...

tagging for milking cattles 1.4L cattle being tagged with Aadhaar-like unique ID
Times of India
Indore: In a bid to prevent cattle smuggling, monitor their health and improve milk yield, 1.4 lakh milk-producing animals are being tagged with ...

Kerala: 80-year-old memory-loss patient reunited with family, thanks to Aadhaar
NewsBytes
Aadhaar has its fair share of detractors, but had it not been for this document, 80-year-old Bhasi of Kerala would have had to roam around alone for ...

Rohingyas under lens, but UIDAI won't share data
Times of India
UIDAI officials told the city police that biometric data could not be shared as per the Aadhaar act, as vindicated by the Supreme court. However, city ...

DigiLocker Allows Access To CBSE 10th Mark Sheet. Here's How You Can Download It
NDTV
CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) students can get digital versions of their 10th and 12th mark sheets from DigiLocker, a cloud-based ...

MBBS student prescribes how Digital India can help revolutionise our health care system
DailyO
This account could be linked to the person's biometric details and Aadhaar card. The information could then be accessed by any healthcare provider ...

Indian Ministry of IT to introduce new electronics policy
OpenGov Asia
The trio has been named the JanDan-Aadhaar-Mobile or JAM trinity. When discussing the progress made by the Ministry of IT through electronic ... 

Paswan tom-toms govt achievements
The Telegraph India
Paswan said his department has linked over 2.62 crore ration cards with Aadhaar, checking over 12 crore dummy beneficiaries and saving over Rs ... 

NIA seizes huge cache of arms, ammunition from Jharkhand's Bokaro
The Quint
It said 60 ATM (SBI) cards, 199 letters of thanks issued by the Allahabad Bank for opening accounts and 1,125 Aadhaar cards were also recovered ... 

Modi government at four years: It has pushed through a range of structural reforms whose results ...
Times of India (blog)
The second set of reforms demonstrates the ability of the government to do programmes on scale. Three initiatives in this category stand out: Aadhaar, ...

Tap the chatter
Mumbai Mirror
There should be an online portal where one can enter Aadhaar number, OTP and vote from anywhere in the world. The costs of conducting elections ...
WhatsApp to enter digital payments in India next week, partners with 3 banks
Moneycontrol.com
Among the concerns raised by the Paytm founder was the fact that WhatsApp's trial service does not require a login session and Aadhaar-based ...

JEECUP results 2018 declared at official website: Here's how to check at jeecup.nic.in
Firstpost
According to The Indian Express, the exam conducting body had made Aadhaar card mandatory for registration from this year. JEECUP is held for ...

Major Gogoi, girl consenting adults, can't book them: Police
The Tribune
The girl had showed the Magistrate her Aadhaar card, which mentioned her year of birth as 1999. “The date of birth of the girl has been verified from ...

Three Bangladeshi nationals arrested in Ghaziabad
The Quint
The police recovered a PAN card, three Aadhaar cards, two Voter ID cards, a passport photocopy, a birth certificate of Bangladesh and three mobile ...

Behind namaz row, a story of hyphenated & stunted citizenship of Gurugram's blue-collar class
Times of India
Doubts about their citizenship, however, fall flat when they pull out their Aadhaar, ration or PAN cards. “When I started working as a house help in The ...
Atal behind mobile growth: Rajnath Singh
The Asian Age
Mr Singh said that PM Modi has ushered in a new era though Jan Dhan accounts, Aadhaar and Mobile connectivity which aided direct benefit transfer.

Paswan: No change in PDS foodgrain rates till June 1, 2019
Times of India
... reduce pilferages, Paswan said 82% ration cards across the country were linked to Aadhaar and 2.95 lakh PoS machines installed at ration shops.

Maha to use PoS devices to check kerosene misuse in Mumbai
Business Standard
"The digitised ration card is already linked to the Aadhaar number (of the purchase), which eventually reveals whether that person has an LPG ... 

Security agencies unearth Naxal arms dump in J'khand in NIA probe case
Business Standard
... the Jharkhand Police arrested 15 Naxals from the Giridih district with arms, ammunition, 60 ATM cards, bank documents and 1,125 Aadhaar cards.

DCW ministry, UP govt sign MoU for running widows' home in Vrindavan
Business Standard
It also includes provisions for facilitating Aadhaar cards for all inmates and medical, and geriatric care for them. (This story has not been edited by ...