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, December 6, 2018

13972 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 5th Dec 2018

Soon, a child can withdraw from Aadhaar at adulthood
A Cabinet note has been prepared in which a provision is proposed to be made in the Aadhaar Act that will give a child on attaining maturity (18 years) ...
Indian government considering QR code-based offline Aadhaar customer verification for bank ...
The QR code method of offline Aadhaar verification was launched in April to improve offline identity verification. The method provides only the ...
Ujjivan Bank launches Aadhaar enrolment, updation service in Bengaluru
Ujjivan Small Finance Bank has launched Aadhaar enrolment and updation service at designated branches in Bengaluru to provide yet another ...
Maharashtra: Aadhaar saves 3.68 lakh MT Public Distribution System grain by eliminating ghost ...
Aadhaar-based seeding of ration cards and biometric verification of public distribution system (PDS) beneficiaries has led to around ten lakh ration ...
India's unique identification program Aadhaar sees a big drop in 'authentication' use after Supreme ...
Two months after India's Supreme Court's verdict curtailing Aadhaar's use by private companies, the biometric-based unique identity program has ...
Comply with SC's Aadhaar verdict on DBT, DMs told
Bhubaneswar: The district Collectors of the state have been asked to comply with the Supreme Court's ruling on the issue of use of Aadhaar-based ...
Aadhaar seeding: 40% co-op. loan accounts have data mismatch
For, 40% of about 16.71 lakh loan accounts in the cooperative sector were found to have mismatch of information during the Aadhaar seeding, which ...
'Offline Aadhaar' may be soon used for opening bank accounts
The government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) are in talks to allow the use of 'offline Aadhaar' that relies on QR codes, instead of the biometric ...
Ujjivan Small Finance Bank launches Aadhaar enrolment and updation service at designated ...
Bangalore : Ujjivan Small Finance Bank (SFB) introduces Aadhaar enrolment and updation service in selected branches in Bangalore to provide yet ...
Democracy at stake: Why many eligible voters might not vote in Telangana on Dec 7
The voter-deletion, of about 27 lakh voters in the state, was done using an error-prone software which mapped Aadhaar data with voter IDs, and in ...
Opinion: Future of fintech firms
It is a truism that the unique identification number or Aadhaar has been the force multiplier contributing immensely to the growth of fintech platforms in ...
Three New PAN Rules to be Effective From December 5
The recent decision of the Supreme Court also confirms that Aadhaar is mandatory for filing of ITR and allotment of PAN. Form 49A, therefore, requires ...
India catches up with China, records 2nd highest fintech adoption rate: Here's all you need to know
In India, fintech industry is being encouraged by the various government initiatives such as Jan Dhan Yojana,Aadhaar and the emergence of UPI.
2018's Biggest Moments in India on Twitter
Conversations around the Aadhaar's privacy issues resurfaced in 2018. As the Supreme Court upheld the constitutional validity of Aadhaar, Indians ...
DigiLocker app yet to be implemented in the state
After installing the app the individual has to enter their Aadhaar number and then the related documents have to be downloaded and authorised by the ...
#MeToo, Modi, DeepVeer are Twitter's biggest 2018 India moments; Sunil Chhetri's plea most ...
The release of the Tamil film #Sarkar, #MeToo, #KarnatakaElection, #KeralaFloods, #Aadhaar, #JusticeForAsifa, #DeepVeer, #IPL2018, ...
Quora Announces Data Breach Affecting 100 Mn Users Globally
Almost 1 Bn records were compromised in the Aadhaar breach during the first six months of 2018, the report said. In May, personal data of an ...
Two sbiINTOUCH branches closed in Surat
Supreme Court in a recent judgment had said Aadhaar was not mandatory for opening of bank account, subsequent to which Reserve Bank of India ...
GIEOM launches Digital Validator for eKYC and Document Verification for BFSI Businesses
BFSI firms reeling under the impact of the recent Supreme Court ruling, making Aadhaar non-mandatory for KYC verification, now have a cost effective ...
Man cons Bengaluru doctor, cheats her and friends of Rs 26 lakh
While the job fraud was on, Ramamurthy collected the doctor's Aadhaar card and other documents, saying he needed them to register their marriage.
IRCTC e-Wallet: Registration, charges, features and other details
IRCTC eWallet users are verified and authenticated through their PAN OR Aadhaar in an online verification process. It also offers secure booking by ...
Anil Ambani in Yahoo's top 10 finance newsmakers list, thanks to Rafale row
“A HuffPost India investigation into the hacking of the Aadhaar software came in at No. 2 on this list, sparking a nation-wide debate and trending online ...
JEE Main January 2019 admit card to be released on Dec 17; 5 key points to know
Candidates must also carry a valid ID proof - PAN card/ Driving License/ Voter ID/ Passport/ Aadhaar Card (With photograph)/ Aadhaar Enrolment No/ ...