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

Thursday, June 28, 2018

13744 - Govt IT test lab to audit EPFO's suspended Aadhaar seeding app over data theft concerns - First Post

Business Press Trust of India Jun 25, 2018 19:10:32 IST
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New Delhi: Standardisation Testing and Quality Certification (STQC) directorate has been asked to conduct an audit on CSC-designed EPFO app for Aadhaar seeding, which was suspended earlier this year after facing a glitch, Common Service Centres (CSC) Chief Dinesh Tyagi has said.

"The IT Ministry wrote to STQC for auditing the application which was being used for purpose of seeding of Aadhaar in EPFO. We, thereafter, requested STQC to send their team for auditing and are now awaiting their confirmation," the CSC CEO told PTI.

Tyagi was replying to a specific query on the action taken by CSC -- whose vast network acts as access points for delivery of a host of digital services -- in the aftermath of the EPFO-related controversy that had erupted earlier this year.

The said CSC-designed application is not in operation since (then), Tyagi pointed out.

STQC directorate is an attached office of the Ministry of Electronics and IT, involved in certifying entities and products through audit and testing.

STQC offers quality assurance services in the area of electronics and IT through countrywide network of labs and centres. It also provides testing, calibration, IT and e-Governance, training and certification to public and private organisations.

The proposed audit by STQC comes after retirement fund body EPFO, in May this year, revealed it has discontinued services provided through CSC "pending vulnerability checks".

The statement from the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) had followed reports of a letter purportedly written by EPFO Central Provident Fund Commissioner V P Joy to CSC's CEO, Dinesh Tyagi on March 23 flagging a data theft issue.

Announcing the suspension of CSC services, the EPFO had stated at that point that: "Warnings regarding vulnerabilities in data or software is a routine administrative process based on which the services which were rendered through the CSC have been discontinued from 22 March, 2018".

The EPFO had also said that all necessary measures were being taken to ensure that no data leakage takes place.
When the incident came to light, a top IT ministry official had assured that since a vulnerability had been flagged, the ministry would take action to plug the gaps in case they existed.
Separately, Aadhaar-issuing body, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) too had clarified that there was no data compromise from its servers, and had asserted that the Aadhaar database remained "safe and secure".

Tyagi had maintained that while the application had been designed by the CSC, it was being hosted on EPFO data centres and servers

Updated Date: Jun 25, 2018 19:10 PM