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

Saturday, February 16, 2019

14048 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 14th Feb 2019

NEXT Biometrics fingerprint technology chosen for Aadhaar payment solution

Biometric Update
NEXT Biometrics announced today that its Aadhaar-certified fingerprint sensor module has been selected for use in MobiOcean`s Aadhaar ...

NEXT Biometrics Teams with Another Aadhaar-Focused POS Specialist - findBIOMETRICS

No security breach of Aadhaar database; security controls robust: UIDAI tells Delhi HC
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the 12-digit Aadhaar number issuing body, in an affidavit filed before a bench of Justices Ravindra ...

Aadhaar data breach report incorrect: HC told - The Shillong Times

India: Aadhaar Bill: Impact On Financial Sector
Mondaq News Alerts
The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill 2018 (Aadhaar Bill) was recently passed in the Lok Sabha. The Aadhaar Bill seeks to amend the ...

Centre to seek advice on deletion of UID data
The Hindu
The government will seek legal counsel on whether it can delete the biometric data of young people who choose to quit Aadhaar once they turn 18, ...

Govt departments asked to review usage of Aadhaar
The Hindu
The State government has asked all the heads of its departments to review whether use of Aadhaar in their departments fell within the scope of the ...

Two held for issuing forged letter for obtaining Aadhaar
Business Standard
Senior Police Inspector R N Munagekar said a student from Dombivili, who wanted an Aadhaar card, approached the duo, who agreed to get him the ...

Triple Talaq, Citizenship, Aadhaar Bills Lapse As Rajya Sabha Adjourns Sine Die
Live Law
The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill was tabled by the Government in Lok Sabha with the purported intent of making the Aadhaar Act ...

Introspect if you lived up to expectations of people: LS Speaker tells members - Financial Express

PM Narendra Modi to launch scheme to give Rs 6000 to farmers on February 24
Economic Times
For the transfer of money, the agriculture ministry has told states to capture and upload name, age, gender, category, address, Aadhaar number, IFSC ...

PM Kisan Scheme: Rs 4000 Likely To Be Credited Before Lok Sabha Polls - OdishaBytes

Make our digital backyard safe
Times of India (blog)
According to GoI, this digital push has led to 99% of adult Indians having an Aadhaar number in 2017. GoI has also integrated personal information ...

Open schooling board receives 900 applications; Latur div tops the list
Times of India
“Aadhaar has been made compulsory because sometimes, students lose their certificates. With the Aadhaarnumber, we can easily search for their ...

Rs 400 old-age pension for all, except govt staff: Nitish Kumar
Times of India
The entire process includes a survey of persons of 60 years and more, identification of beneficiaries, verification of their Aadhaar numbers and other ...

CM directs DCs to implement Krishi Samman Nidhi
Daily Pioneer
Those farmers who don't have Aadhaar number there Aadhaar enrolment number along with mobile number will be uploaded. Poor and marginalised ...

'Railways must give copy for lost season ticket'
Times of India
Railways should link the season ticket with Aadhaar card and issue a duplicate one by charging a nominal fee." He said many commuters from ...

PM Kisan Yojna: Small, marginal farmers to get Rs 4000 by early April
Financial Express
Though the Aadhaar number is not mandatory in the first instalment, in the subsequent transfer of the Central aid, all farmers have to submit the bank ...

Cyber security to be 'very complex' with AI, M2M coming in: Gulshan Rai
Outlook India
Regarding the safety of Aadhaar data, Rai, who has over three decades of experience in the IT sector, said that the data with UIDAI is secure and that ...

Last LS session ends on a fractious note
Deccan Chronicle
The three crucial bills to fall in this category are the ones on triple talaq, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, and the proposed Aadhaar law. The BJP ...

Ahmedabad: Two nabbed in bogus billing scam
Times of India
According to SGST officials, Shaikh took documents such as Aadhaar cards and PAN numbers of construction labourers in Bhavnagar, by falsely ...

Rally for veterans at military complex on March 3
Times of India
... Axis Bank, and HDFC will also attend, so that matters related to pension are resolved on the spot, and bank accounts are linked to Aadhaar card.

Gujarat: Bogus GST bills worth Rs 478 crore unearthed, three arrested
Daily News & Analysis
"He had taken Aadhaar Card, PAN Card and other identity proofs from labourers in nearby areas and registered companies in their name.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

14047 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 13th Feb 2019

MobiOcean Selects NEXT Biometrics Fingerprint Technology for AadhaarPayment Solution

PRNewswire (press release)
The MobiOcean POS solution facilitates Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (AEPS) applications for government authorities and merchants allowing ...

Aadhaar mismatch leaves elderly without monthly pension in Karnataka
The New Indian Express
He has now approached the district Aadhaar coordination office and submitted a request with the regional office of UIDAI to get his year of birth ...

Aadhaar amendment bill: Here's why you need to be concerned
Citizen Matters
The Rajya Sabha has listed The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018 for consideration and passage in the budget session of February ...

5 New Features Added to Aadhaar by UIDAI
News Nation
Aadhaar has become one of the most important government identity proofs today. UIDAI, the 12-digitAadhaar number issuing body, has generated ...

Aadhaar Ventures India Ltd. - Unaudited Financial Results For The Quarter Ended On 31St ...
The Hindu BusinessLine
With reference to above subject and in compliance with the SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015, we hereby ...

RS adjourned sine die; Citizenship, Triple Talaq & Aadhaar Amendment Bills…
India Legal
The controversial Bills had been passed by the Lok Sabha owing to the BJP's brute majority in the lower house of Parliament. As the Rajya Sabha ...

UIDAI now says arrested man only attempted to misuse biometrics
Times of India
Neither the former Aadhaar operator Vikram's complaint nor UIDAI's complaint or the FIRs filed on their basis had any mention of such an attempt.

While startups are getting harassed, India's taxman is turning a blind eye to the evading builders
Business Insider India
Around 95% of India's real estate builders and agents have never shared filed income tax returns or shared their tax details with the Registrar of ...

2 lakh students get double allowance, 7 lakh zilch
The Tribune
In 2016, the Education Department had started crediting the allowance to Aadhaar-linked bank accounts of students. The uniform allowance is given ...

Parliament highlights: PM Modi takes veiled attack on Rahul Gandhi, says 'no earthquakes during ...
The Indian Express
The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019, is also likely to be tabled today. Also read | Citizenship and triple talaq Bills will lapse if no ...

Register physical mandate to keep SIPs in force after 15 February
What this means for a mutual fund investor is that the original mandate based on Aadhaar will become void and the debit instruction that was provided ...

Rs6.5cr unaccounted for in loan given to Indore farmers
Times of India
... eligible farmers have been asked to submit application through green forms (in case applicant's bank account is linked with Aadhaar) and white ...

Interview: Aim to break even in the next 18-24 months, says Fino Payments Bank EVP
Financial Express
In addition to CASA, domestic remittances, Micro ATMs and AePS (Aadhaar enabled payment system) transactions as well as cross selling of life and ...

AIIMS Jodhpur clerk, data operator admit card released; how to download
The Indian Express
According to official notice, candidates also need to bring Aadhaar card/ other government approved identity card such as PAN card, driving license ...

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

14046 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 12th Feb 2019

18 Aadhaar centres suspended for refusing to relocate to government offices

Pune Mirror
Pune: The district administration has suspended 18 Aadhaar centres across the city after they refused to shift themselves to government offices.

Insurers seek alternative to Aadhaar e-KYC as instant policies get delayed
The Hindu BusinessLine
Insurance companies are trying to work out alternative solutions to Aadhaar-based e-KYC authentication as instant policy approvals and some POS ...

Parliament: Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm, Citizenship Bill to be tabled today
The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill too is expected to be tabled in the Upper House later in the day. The bill, which seeks to amend ...

Is there an error in your PAN card? Here's how you can correct it
Zee Business
Currently, every citizen who has obtained Aadhaar card is mandatory to quote the 12-digit biometric number in their PAN application. Simply put ...

Assam: Six Rohingya, including 4 minor girls, detained
The Indian Express
Additional Superintendent of Police (Border), Cachar, Gaurav Agarwal, told The Indian Express that theAadhaar cards they were carrying were ...

Digital banking in Q3FY19: ICICI, Kotak Mahindra, Union, Canara and Yes Bank
Debit Cards grew 23.4% YoY; Number of RuPay Cards issued stood at 47.91 lakh; Aadhaar seeding stood at 77.16 lakh; The bank operates a Union ...

Evaluation of UNHCR's Livelihoods Strategies and Approaches (2014-2018) - India Case Study ...
The Indian government is digitizing many of its services and has been issuing a Unique Identification Number called Aadhaar card. Although the ...

Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan (PMSYM) scheme: Who all can join Govt's new pension ...
Financial Express
... be open only to the unorganised worker whose monthly income is not exceeding Rs 15,000 having a savings bank account and Aadhaar number.

PM Modi to benefit from public perception on fight against corruption
Financial Express
Aadhaar gives people a reliable identity document. Tax evasion, inter-state trade, building permits and procurement of identity documents have been ...

City corpn enhances digital payment system on website
Times of India
“To enhance the infrastructure, features like Aadhaar-enabled payment systems, Bharat Bill Payment System, Unified Payments Interface, Bharat QR ...

Farmers to get Rs 2000 under Central scheme
The Tribune
The DC said possession of Aadhaar card, bank account and ownership of agriculture land in the revenue records were mandatory provisions. He said ...

Assam | 6 Rohingya, including 4 minor girls, detained in Cachar
Police recovered two Aadhaar cards from the group. Additional Superintendent of Police (Border), Cachar, Gaurav Agarwal, told the Indian Express ...

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

14045 - Aadhaar Articles dated 11th Feb 2019

CBDT trashes TravelKhana claim that Aadhaar used to empty bank account

Business Today
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has slammed start-up TravelKhana for its claim that the Income Tax Department deducted Rs 36 lakh from ...

Bank 'mitra' held for Aadhaar data breach
The Tribune
The Jind police have arrested a youth in connection with the misuse of biometrics of an Aadhaar operator of the State Bank of India (SBI) in Uchana ...

UIDAI files FIR against duo for Jind man's biometric misuse - Times of India

Aadhaar deactivation !?
Star of Mysore
I would like to draw the attention of the authorities concerned regarding a report about deactivation ofAadhaar for not using it over a certain period of ...

No aadhaar, no ration? Hard blow by Gujarat govt on poor and marginalized
Only those who have aadhaar registration and linked it with ration card will get ration from a Public Distribution System (PDS) shop. This decision of ...

Don't want your PAN card to be cancelled? Here is how to link with Aadhaar, save it
Zee Business
"By linking with Aadhaar, We will know whether there are any duplicate PANs or not. And there are certain duplicate PANs... If it is not linked, we may ...

Constable held for blackmailing, raping woman
Mumbai Mirror
Before she was allowed to leave the store, the woman was asked to provide ID proof, and submitted herAadhaar card, of which two photocopies were ...

A constable was arrested for raping a 20-year-old woman in Powai - News Track English

Readers' comments: Not personality cults, India needs a party with true representation of people
The Aadhaar Act was passed in a big hurry as a money bill and though voluntary in principle, was made mandatory. This is injurious to data security ...

Divorced daughter eligible for pension
The Tribune
The system does not move until we fill Aadhaar number. Being an NRI, we are not eligible to get Aadhaarnumber. Please advise how I can file the ...

The solution is universal
The Hindu
The Ministry of Agriculture has written to State governments to prepare a database of all eligible beneficiaries along with their Aadhaar numbers, and ...

PAN Aadhar Link: How Businessman Can Link PAN With Aadhar Online?
ZipLoan (blog)
The Supreme Court has mandated to link PAN Aadhar before March 31. It has mandated to file Income Tax Returns with Aadhar. Many businessmen ...

MHADA to start door-to-door eligibility survey from February 16
The Indian Express
The team would also evaluate the documents of tenants, including rent receipts of the last six months,Aadhaar Card and Voter ID, to confirm their ...

Unorganised sector pension scheme riders leave major intended beneficiaries out
This scheme is open to those with saving accounts and Aadhaar. It said persons covered under National Pension Scheme, contributed by the Central ...

Monday, February 11, 2019

14044 - Idea of India Under Threat in Modi Rule, Need Left-of-Centre Govt: Chidambaram - News 18

Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram says that the threat to the idea of India has intensified under the NDA government
Pallavi Ghosh | CNN-News18_pallavighoshUpdated:February 10, 2019, 10:37 AM IST

File photo of P Chidambaram.

New Delhi: In his new book Undaunted: Saving the Idea of India, former finance minister P Chidambaram warns of the dangerous possibility of the Constitution being replaced “by a document inspired by Hindutva”. The senior Congress leader says the scenario will be the end of the 'idea of India' as espoused by the founding fathers, leading to another freedom struggle.

Speaking to News18, Chidambaram says the threat to the idea of India has intensified under the NDA government, adding that the country will be better served by a liberal, secular and left-of-centre government. The Congress veteran also gives a peek into the party manifesto for upcoming elections.

Edited excerpts: 

On most accounts, the Narendra Modi government has only proceeded with the work started by the UPA. GST, Aadhaar and Digital India are some examples. Aren’t you being alarmist by suggesting that the very idea of India is being tinkered with?
The idea of India is not about GST or Aadhaar. It is about the values embodied in the Constitution of India. These are freedom, equality, secularism, diversity, privacy etc. in their many dimensions. For example, equality will include gender equality and freedom will include freedom from fear. These values are under threat and there are many examples of these values being undermined or impaired; Aadhaar eroding privacy is an instance. The threat to the idea of India has intensified under the Modi government.

What are your thoughts on coalition governments? Do they hurt governance and economic development or is it a biased perception?
Some coalitions have performed well, some have failed. An example of the first kind is UPA I. An example of the second kind is the Janata Dal government of VP Singh.

In the long run, don’t you think India as a nation and an economy would be better off with a strong right-of-the-centre party to add to the debate and dialogue instead of being ruled only by a liberal and centrist party like the Congress?
Not at all. India will be better served by a left-of-the-centre, liberal, secular, modern and technology-friendly government imbued with a scientific temper.

Should you come to power, how do you plan to identify families eligible for minimum income guarantee? How do you plan to fund the scheme?
The contours of minimum income guarantee will be revealed in the manifesto. There is enormous data available, the Socio-Economic Caste Census, land ownership records, Swasthya Bima Yojana etc. The chief statistician has said more data on poverty will be published in June this year.

Is the Congress planning to address agrarian crisis if voted to power apart from doling out farm-loan waivers?
Yes. The manifesto will outline many measures that go beyond loan waiver.

14043 - Aadhaar Related Articles dated 10th Feb 2019

PAN-Aadhaar linking: Check how to link PAN with Aadhaar online; why SC wants this

Zee Business
The Supreme Court has made it mandatory to file the Income Tax returns with Aadhaar and has asked people to get it linked with their PAN cards ...

On the contrary: Forget Aadhaar, make swimming mandatory
Deccan Chronicle
A study conducted by the Royal Life Saving Institute in 2010 found that 3.3% of adult Australians reported being unable to swim. For those of you who ...

SBI Aadhar Biometrics Theft Case: Police Arrests Victim's Close Friend
HuffPost India
Jalandhar : In a major breakthrough, the Counter Intelligence Wing (CIA) of Jind Police arrested a person late night on Saturday in connection with the ...

Passport application 'lands' Bangla national behind bars
Times of India
HYDERABAD: A 26-year-old Bangladeshi national's bid to obtain an Indian passport by submitting Aadhaarand other documents, obtained illegally, ...

Idea of India Under Threat in Modi Rule, Need Left-of-Centre Govt: Chidambaram
GST, Aadhaar and Digital India are some examples. Aren't you being alarmist by suggesting that the very idea of India is being tinkered with?

Aavin to create database of milk cardholders
The Hindu
For now, customers who buy milk from cooperative societies have been provided with forms and asked to provide ID proof, including Aadhaar card, ...

Loan of 20000 farmers waived off in 3-day camps
Times of India
“Of 7.56 lakh farmers, the Aadhaar number of 72,000 farmers has been verified in the last three days and soon they will be granted a waiver certificate ...

Lost and Found
The Indian Express
He asked me for an ID, which strangely I didn't have, although there was a photo of my Aadhaar card on my phone. He asked me for the bus ticket and ...

Political Parties Should Not Be Allowed To Field Candidates With More Than 2 Kids: PIL In SC ...
Live Law
"At present, 122 crore Indians have AADHAAR Card, around 20% viz. 25 crore citizens (particularly children) are without Aadhaar, around 04 crore ...

Over 350 Aadhar cards issued in first legal services camp
Punjab News Express
CHANDIGARH: Aadhaar Cards to more than 350 persons were made or corrected in the first legal services Camp for the year 2019 which was held in ...

India leads the world in imposed internet blackouts
thepolicytimes.com (press release) (blog)
Then in 2010, the government introduced the biometric identification system, Aadhaar, which was upheld by the SC and legalized in 2016. However ...

Sunday, February 10, 2019

14042 - Aadhaar Articles dated 9th Feb 2019

The News Minute
After the landmark judgement by the Supreme Court more than four months ago that the banks and other financial institutions cannot insist on Aadhaar ...

Guwahati Plus
GUWAHATI: Aadhaar card enrolment process is set to come to a halt in Kamrup (Metro) and rural districts as the employees are planning to go on a ...

Headlines of Today
Aadhar card is available online as well as offline. For the online mode, one has to download it. Some steps to download Aadhaar Card : ...

As the use of Aadhaar is restricted for online verification of customers, the payments industry lobby suggested a common know-your-customer bureau ...

Daily News & Analysis
Even though the Supreme Court has made it mandatory to file the Income Tax returns with Aadhaar card and has asked people to get it linked with ...

Hindustan Times
Candidates should make sure that they bring their admit card along with their photo identity proof, candidate is also required to bring their aadhaar ...

India Today
The September 26, 2018, judgment of the Supreme Court was unequivocal: the Aadhaar Act, 2016, where it enabled companies (bodies corporate) ...

Economic Times
Today, 99% of Indian adults have an Aadhaar identity number. The government further interlinked the identity system with bank accounts and mobile ...

Financial Express
To apply for a passport online, one can submit either of the following documents as proof of date of birth: Birth certificate; Aadhaar; PAN card with date ...

Times of India
Sanjeev said he had given his flat to Jarmanpreet Singh and Gurvinder Singh on rent three months back and has their Aadhaar card as ID proofs.

Zee Business
These come in two types - Aadhaar-based and Non-Aadhaar based. The Non-Aadhaar based CC form require the attestation of the employer before ...

Times of India
The money will be transformed to the pregnant women's Aadhaar-linked bank account November 2019 onwards. The chief minister said Rs 470 crore ...

Financial Express
With great scale of the type Akshaya Patra has for delivering freshly-cooked meals, and Aadhaar-based solutions to prevent theft and to deliver ...

Telangana Today
“The candidates must bring the certificates of educational qualification, driving licence, Aadhaar, and photocopies of these documents in addition to ...

Daily News & Analysis
The worker should also have a savings bank account in his/her name and an Aadhaar number. The scheme has been brought under the Unorganised ...

The Hindu
Further, he collected over ₹ 10 lakh, passport size photos, plain self-bond papers and Aadhaar card photocopies from over 50 people under ...

14041 - Nailing Us Down for Profit - Usha Ramanathan - India Today

Nailing Us Down for Profit

There is an urgency to give corporates access to the UID system so that it goes back to the original purpose of the project: to provide a means by which every individual can be identified across databases.

Illustration by Tanmoy Chakraborty.

The September 26, 2018, judgment of the Supreme Court was unequivocal: the Aadhaar Act, 2016, where it enabled companies (bodies corporate) and individuals to seek authentication from the Unique Identification Authority of India, or UIDAI, database was "unconstitutional". Making "Aadhaar compulsory in the name of checking money laundering or black money is grossly disproportionate" and "unconstitutional". The linking of the UID number with mobile phones was "disproportionate and unreasonable state compulsion"; the circular that required the linking was "unconstitutional".

Yet, in just a few months, the government has introduced a bill in Parliament to amend the Aadhaar Act, 2016, to make all these uses 'legal' again. 'Legal', of course, cannot override unconstitutional, but clearly the government has no patience with such niceties.

Why this urgency to give corporates access to the UID system?

It goes back to the original purpose of the project: to provide a means by which every individual can be identified across databases. The personal information so gathered is the key resource on which the digital economy is to be built. This requires the assassination of privacy and the propagation of the idea that 'consent is broken' anyway, so consent can be rendered irrelevant. Data protection, in this world view, is not about protecting people but about working out how personal information can be used to create and run businesses.

By now, it is also clear that the UID project could never have survived on the UID alone. Almost a decade ago, its founder-chairman and technocrat Nandan Nilekani explained this to us: roti, kapda aur makaan, he said, is now passé; hereafter, it is the bank account, Aadhaar and mobile number. This was to later become the JAM (Jan Dhan-Aadhaar-Mobile) trinity. The building of businesses using personal data as a resource needs digital footprints-hence these three numbers.

The UID, on its own, would serve very little purpose. Biometrics do not work for the old, the very young, many in the working classes. Biometric failure is in large numbers-the Economic Survey 2016-2017 cited authentication failure rates as high as 49 per cent in Jharkhand and 37 per cent in Rajasthan; it's no wonder that business wants no part of that use of the UID database. Also, as was acknowledged by the Watal Committee on Digital Payments (December 2016), "biometric-based verification requires availability of internet and high-quality machines capable of capturing biometric details of customers" making its use "contingent". So they asked that OTP replace biometrics. The amendments, now in the Rajya Sabha, still want to use the UID number and the database, but through "off-line verification", not "biometric authentication"-which has been left for the poor to navigate. This explains the project's swift shifts in language: from KYC (Know Your Citizen) to KYR (Know Your Resident) to finally rest at KYC (Know Your Customer).

Jostling for space with the Aadhaar Amendment Bill is the DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2019. Rushed through the Lok Sabha, it begins with an averment that the bill is to establish the identity of certain categories of persons connected with criminal matters. In fact, it goes beyond its stated purpose. Clause 13 requires every DNA lab undertaking a DNA procedure to be accredited, and every such lab "shall share DNA prepared by it with the National DNA Data Bank and the Regional Data Bank in such manner as maybe specified by regulation" (Clause 25). This is way beyond the province of criminal law, and the Schedule reveals the full expanse of the intended coverage: testing for paternity/ maternity, issues relating to surrogacy, immigration or emigration, establishment of individual identity and a host of other areas such as the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act and Domestic Violence Act. The law does not spell out whose DNA will be collected-victim, accused or just any person.

During a meeting at the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics in Hyderabad, addressed by the minister for science and technology, the secretary, Department of Biotechnology, was asked about linking Aadhaar with DNA profiles. "It will be decided at the time of framing rules," she said. We have reason to worry.

Usha Ramanathan is an independent legal researcher

Saturday, February 9, 2019

14040 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 8th Feb 2019

The Wire
On February 5, the Jharkhand government made it mandatory to link Aadhaar with ration cards in order for a household to receive its ration under the ...

The Hindu
With less than two months to go for the deadline to link Permanent Account Number (PAN) and Aadhaar, only a little more than half of PAN holders ...

Krishi Jagran (press release) (blog)
CBDT Chairman Sushil Chandra said only 23 crore PAN card holders have so far linked their cards with biometric ID Aadhaar. Out of the total 42 crore ...

Times of India
From next month, homebuyers in the state will be able to register their properties on the basis of Aadhaar cards and will not have to think about getting ...

Times of India
Pune: Home buyers in the state will be able to register their properties on the basis of Aadhaar cards from next month and will not have to think about ...

Times of India
Director Suman Ghosh has wrapped up shooting for his first hindi film 'Aadhaar'. 'Mukkabaaz' fame Vineet Kumar Singh essays the lead in the film ...

Northeast Now
For the first time, the Tripura government has taken initiative for distribution of pulses through Public Distribution System (PDS) and Otherwise Welfare ...

When TRAI chairman RS Sharma published his Aadhaar number on Twitter asking what could possibly go wrong, a Twitter user decided to take up his ...

Times of India
At the time of their arrest in Chennai last September, the police found that the two women were in possession of fake Aadhaar cards. A fresh FIR for ...

Financial Express
However, make sure that your Universal Account Number (UAN) is seeded to your bank account, Aadhaar number and PAN. Further, to avail this ...

All valid government ID proofs- Aadhaar Card or Aadhaar Enrollment Number scanned images of passport, voter ID or any valid Govt ID.

Times of India
Instead, unidentified suspects allegedly fled with his cellphone, Aadhaar, election card and ATM card and sped away on his bike. By the time, he could ...

The Indian Express
On attendance of sanitation workers, she said the old biometric system has been closed and a tender floated for a new Aadhaar-based system, which ...

Financial Express
Aadhaar gives people a reliable identity document. Tax evasion, interstate trade and building permits and procurement of identity documents have ...