In 2009, I became extremely concerned with the concept of Unique Identity for various reasons. Connected with many like minded highly educated people who were all concerned.
On 18th May 2010, I started this Blog to capture anything and everything I came across on the topic. This blog with its million hits is a testament to my concerns about loss of privacy and fear of the ID being misused and possible Criminal activities it could lead to.
In 2017 the Supreme Court of India gave its verdict after one of the longest hearings on any issue. I did my bit and appealed to the Supreme Court Judges too through an On Line Petition.
In 2019 the Aadhaar Legislation has been revised and passed by the two houses of the Parliament of India making it Legal. I am no Legal Eagle so my Opinion carries no weight except with people opposed to the very concept.
In 2019, this Blog now just captures on a Daily Basis list of Articles Published on anything to do with Aadhaar as obtained from Daily Google Searches and nothing more. Cannot burn the midnight candle any longer.
"In Matters of Conscience, the Law of Majority has no place"- Mahatma Gandhi
Ram Krishnaswamy
Sydney, Australia.

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

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

14229 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 13th August 2019


India National Population Register to collect biometrics and seeks Aadhaardatabase access

Biometric Update
India is planning to collect biometric and family data from residents for the next stage of its National Population Register (NPR) in April 2020, after it the ...

Lost your Aadhaar card? Don't worry, here's how you can order reprint of yourAadhaar
India TV
"Order Aadhaar Reprint" is a new service launched by UIDAI w.e.f. 01-12-2018 on the Pilot basis which facilitates the residents of India to get their ...

State will issue Aadhaar to remaining homeless people
Times of India
Visakhapatnam: The state government has decided to issue Aadhaar cards to all homeless persons in Andhra Pradesh but thanks to simultaneous ...

UIDAI: How to update mobile number in Aadhaar Card? Check this step by step guide
Zee Business
Aadhaar is an important document that acts as an identity proof for every citizen to get different government social security schemes. Aadhaar is used ...

Aadhaar-enabled payment systems cross 200 mn transactions on NPCI platform in July
Firstpost
New Delhi: The umbrella body for digital transactions, NPCI, on Monday said that Aadhaar-enabled Payment System (AePS) crossed the milestone of ...

Aadhaar Payment System Clears 200 Million Financial Transactions
findBIOMETRICS
The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) is celebrating a major Aadhaar milestone after revealing that the Aadhaar-enabled Payment ...

Top Court Orders Aadhaar-Like Secrecy For Citizens List, Firm On August 31 Deadline
NDTV
The Supreme Court today rejected any extension to the August 31 deadline for the publication of the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) list, and ...

Kotak Mahindra car loan: Eligibility, documentation, features and benefits
Moneycontrol.com
Proof of residence: utility bills, passport, Aadhaar, Voter ID, Driver's licence (any one of the following). - Proof of identity: Passport, Aadhaar, Voter id, ...

Facebook seeking to transfer WhatsApp message traceability case hearing to another court
Firstpost
... has been heard at the Madras HC since July last year when there was a petition to link Aadhaar identity to social media profiles for authentication.

Assam NRC: SC orders list of exclusion be published only online on Aug 31
The Asian Age
A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice R F Nariman said that like Aadhaar data, an appropriate regime be enacted for securing ...

Digital payment firms seek better MDR deal
ETtech.com
The payment companies were already suffering from high costs of compliances on KYC after the Aadhaarverdict now will be squeezed both on the ...

2 crore farmers to be enrolled for PM's pension scheme by Aug 15
The Tribune
... any eligible farmer who wanted to join the scheme could visit his nearest CSC along with his Aadhaar card and a bank passbook or account details.

Producer Manish Mundra turns director
Outlook India
... upcoming releases from Mundra''s banner include National Award-winning Bengali director Suman Ghosh''s Hindi debut "Aadhaar", veteran actor ...

PayNearby plans to invest Rs 350 crore in scaling up operations
Times of India
NEW DELHI: Startup firm PayNearby is planning to invest over Rs 350 crore in scaling up its financial services business and in-house engineering ...