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

Monday, June 25, 2018

13712 - ‘Next step is to widen public engagement ’ - The Hindu


NEW DELHI, JUNE 18, 2018 01:46 IST

               Model Bill is policy fix for privacy concerns

Advocate Apar Gupta, co-founder of the Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF), tells Soibam Rocky Singh about the model Bill — Indian Privacy Code, 2018 — which seeks to protect the privacy of individuals in India

What is the need for the model Bill? What are the immediate privacy concerns for an individual?
We believe the Indian Privacy Code, 2018, though a model Bill that will change and become better in time, puts through a comprehensive statute — a user-right focussed data protection law. This is a policy fix for recurring concerns and controversies, including issues such as Aadhaar, Cambridge Analytica, the social media communication hub and the Snowden revelations on mass surveillance.

How is this the model Bill different from what the Srikrishna Committee is looking into?
The Justice B.N. Srikrishna Committee is an ongoing process which is looking at the issue of data protection with a limited mandate, which may not include surveillance reform and may not fully protect user rights.
It has also had concerns on its lack of diversity and transparency in its proceedings.

While we have engaged with the committee and hope it adopts parts of the seven core principles for protecting privacy we have put out model language in the Indian Privacy Code, 2018, to further understanding and debate.

What prompted this model Bill since the 2017 Supreme Court privacy verdict?
The Indian Privacy Code, 2018, draws from several progressive texts, which include the Supreme Court privacy verdict. The seven privacy principles which give rise to the model Bill are based on texts and privacy verdicts, including the Justice A.P. Shah Committee report, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation and submissions made by civil society groups to the Srikrishna panel.

What is your next step?
Our next step is to widen public engagement and feedback on the model Bill. It is important to remember that this is the first draft which will improve as more people participate and give suggestions on how to make it better. Thereafter, we plan on parliamentary engagement strategies to ensure that India gets a comprehensive data protection law soon that fully protects our privacy.

Many privacy concerns are linked to the Aadhaar Act. Does Indian Privacy Code, 2018, address them?

The Indian Privacy Code, 2018, has an overriding effect on the Aadhaar Act.... It will, for instance, bring in principles of purpose limitation and the office of the privacy commissioner will be able to issue directions to the UIDAI.