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

Friday, December 28, 2018

13995 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 26th December 2018

Business Today
Aadhaar issuing body UIDAI has sserted that schools cannot make the 12-digit biometric identifier a pre-condition for student admission and warned ...

India Today
Aadhaar card related scams are on a rise in India. Scamsters are using new and innovative means to siphon money from innocent citizens. The rising ...

State Bank of India (SBI), the country's largest lender, has decided to discontinue Aadhaar-based payment system (AEPS) and had informed its ...

Three months after the Supreme Court delivered its Judgement on the Constitutional validity of Aadhaar and the Aadhaar Act, two review petitions ...

New Delhi: A review petition was filed in the Supreme Court on Monday seeking re-examination of its verdict by which the Centre's flagship Aadhaar ...

Financial Express
Although the government says that Aadhaar data is completely safe and secure, and there is no need to panic, many people are still scepticle about its ...

The petition filed by Imtiyaz Ali Palsaniya challenges the Section 139AA and it said that the September 29, the judgment did not examine certain vital ...

2018 has been a very significant year for privacy and data protection in India, triggered in part by the Aadhaar case and the affirmation of the ...

Daily News & Analysis
Farmers in Alwar, who lined up for urea purchase at the authorised centres, were in for a shock when they were asked to produce their Aadhaar cards.

The Hindu BusinessLine
Restrictions on the use of Aadhaar could make online know-your-customer (KYC) process a challenge for 'payday loans', says Sudip Bandyopadhyay, ...

Aadhaar Act: Jairam Ramesh moves Supreme Court challenging passage of law as Money Bill. Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member Jairam ...

Kashmir Reader
SRINAGAR: The process of Aadhaar enrolment of left out students in schools is underway in different designated centres in all the Districts of Kashmir ...

For EPFO, 2018 was about pushing ahead the agenda of digitisation on the backbone of Aadhaar KYC authentication so that EPF accounts could ...

Supreme Court/ Aadhaar judgement - This year, the highest judicial body Supreme Court decided on very crucial issues, Aadhaar being one.

The Hindu
The CM said the government had adopted Aadhaar as one of the most important datasets for the implementation of development and welfare ...

Deccan Herald
... the portal http://eattest.karnataka.gov. in has been created using the strengths of Aadhaar based e-sign and blockchain features to create a trustable ...

Financial Express
... emerged as the most important searched term in the year “A HuffPost India investigation into the hacking of the Aadhaar software came in at No.