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, June 6, 2018

13638 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 4th June 2018

Inc42 Media
It is to be noted that an authentication user agency (AUA) captures Aadhaar information from a person and submits it to the Central Identities Data ...

The Hindu
The government suspected majority of lands which were not Aadhaar seeded to be benami. The Revenue machinery made futile attempts to link the ...

Zee Business
The victim was told that her phone number has not been linked with Aadhaar, therefore, her number would be disconnected, and to avoid that she will ...

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which runs India's national identity card project Aadhaar, has curbed access to its database for ...

Economic Times
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which manages the country's Aadhaar repository, has restricted the access of payment companies ...

The New Indian Express
Around half a dozen of people allegedly died in the last few months across Jharkhand after having been denied ration from their PDS dealers for ...

The Woke Journal (press release)
India Post is now providing an option for its bank account holders to de-link their accounts from their Aadhaar number. It has also made clear that new ...

New Delhi, June 4: In a bid to crack down on illegal Rohingya settlers in the nation, the Centre has issued an advisory to all states, including Jammu ...

Daily News & Analysis
The executive further told the victim that if the sim is not linked with Aadhaar, her number would be disconnected, and to avoid the disconnection she ...

Deccan Chronicle
Officials told him that about 10 per cent of the land owners could be NRIs residing abroad who could not submit Aadhaar details, but the rest 90 per ...

Kaplan Herald
In a bid to ensure that there is no leakage in the fertilizer subsidy distribution, the state agriculture department has made mandatory for farmers who ...

The Hindu
... polytechnics to implement Aadhaar-based biometric attendance on all working days for the students and staff as a means of maintaining discipline.

The Hindu
Similarly, the Aadhaar cards of several of its inter-State inmates were found to have been issued in the address of Jose Maveli, JSSB's chief patron.

Times of India
He was produced in a local court and sent to police remand. “We have seized several credit/debit cards, bank passbooks and Aadhaar cards procured ...

Telangana Today
As per the system, devices such as swiping machines are installed in schools or offices and a four-digit Aadhaar number and biometrics are captured, ...

Opening the account will require your Aadhaar and PAN for KYC purposes. It provides you with a digital card (scan and pay) that allows you even pay ...

Education Medical Dialogues
The lawyer further argued Section 4(3) and 7 of Aadhaar Act, 2016 made the physical availability of the card on an individual's person was sufficient ...

National Herald
It is ironic in the extreme that many policies that the NDA then opposed such as Aadhaar, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Retail, Goods and ...

The Hindu
IRDAI has directed insurers as well as insurance marketing firms (IMFs) to upload details of individual agents and insurance sales persons ...

The New Indian Express
I used to get calls to link my phone to aadhaar from my telecom operator, even if I block one number they call from another,” said Vishwajeeth Patil, ...

The New Indian Express
Currently, we are using the ration card or Aadhaar card as identification. But the government shouldn't waste public money issuing new cards.”.

Times of India (blog)
Voters generally want money for jam, which is why the Modi government has unveiled a policy called Jam – namely Jandhan+Aadhaar+Mobile.

Financial Chronicle (press release) (blog)
As a much-needed step in this direction, government's push through the trinity of 'JAM' (Jan dhan, Aadhaar and Mobile) for direct benefit transfer has ...

... ownership certificate, passport, domicile and tribe certificate, Aadhaar number, photocopy of bank passbook, pan card etc via email and whatsapp.

Business Standard
After the long set of Supreme Court hearings on issues with privacy and rights regarding the use of Aadhaar, the government is also moving on rules ...