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

13718 - Medical data of Andhra customers leaked, 27 lakh orders shown on Anna Sanjivini site - News Minute

This comes just two months after Aadhaar data of least 1.34 lakh citizens of the state was compromised.

Nearly two months after the Andhra Pradesh government made Aadhaar data and other details of at least 1.34 lakh citizens of the state public, purchases of nearly 27 lakh orders of medicines made at the state-run Anna Sanjivini stores, were put in the open.

The details of these purchases were publicly listed on the Anna Sanjivini portal, which has now been taken down.

The homepage of the Anna Sanjivini website displayed the number of stores, the day’s orders and total orders along with the current day’s sales and cumulative sales. On clicking the hyperlinked number of orders, one could simply select the district and store and view details. It showed the name and phone number of the individual, medicine ID, date ordered, which store it was ordered from, along with the quantity ordered and amount paid.

As per the website, a little over 27 lakh orders had been placed so far at Anna Sanjivini stores, which could mean that details of tens of thousands of citizens could have been accessed.
This breach was discovered by security researcher Srinivas Kodali, who claims that these details had been in the public domain for a very long time – maybe even a couple of years. However, after Huffpost reported the issue on Monday, the link has since been removed.

Anna Sanjivini stores are generic medical stores set up by the AP government in 2015 to provide medicines at low costs for all critical and long-term diseases. There are 301 such stores across the state.
“If you are a resident of AP and if you were using any of the govt facilities for medical purposes, all your information including what you purchased has been public for a really long time,” Srinivas says.
He also claims that Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s dashboard is linked to this. Saying that this seems to be part of AP government’s real-time governance initiative, he adds, “AP CM’s dashboard is the reason why everyone’s been publishing details - because CM wants to track what’s happening in the state. And if this is the kind of info they are collecting, it is really flawed.”
The availability of the data points to the fact that the government has been tracking sales of all medicines, which also means that it has information on the health conditions of every individual that made a purchase at the store.
“There are serious privacy implications of this. It’s a serious breach from a medical ethics point of view because anyone can identify what ailment you have, based on the medicines you buy,” Srinivas says.
According to the Regulation of Privacy in Government and Private Hospitals and Diagnostic Laboratories, the information collected from the patient in both government and private hospitals, is used solely for the purpose that the patient has been informed of.
“Government hospitals however do not let any medical personnel access these records except for the doctor involved in the treatment of that particular patient,” the centre for internet and society website states.
This is also not the first time that data from a government website of Andhra Pradesh has been breached.
Aadhaar data of at least 1.34 lakh citizens in the state, along with their other details like their religion, caste and bank details among other things were made public. The names were part of a list titled ‘Beneficiary Details belonging to Entry Report for Scheme Hudhud’ and were available on the website of the Andhra Pradesh State Housing Corporation.

The page clearly showed the father’s name, address, panchayat, mobile number, ration card number, occupation, religion, caste, Aadhaar number, along with other details, including their bank details like bank branch, IFSC code and account number.