Man in Jind, fingerprint used in Delhi, Bihar to withdraw money

On November 14, 2018, 40-year-old Vikram got a message that Rs 1,000 had been withdrawn from his Punjab National Bank account from an SBI micro ATM in Delhi using biometric (fingerprint) verification. At that time he was in Jind taking care of his younger daughter who had been admitted to a private hospital.

The message baffled him even more as he earned his livelihood generating Aadhaar IDs for people in his village and thus knew the improbability of such a transaction.

On November 20, someone again withdrew Rs 7,500 from his HDFC account using his fingerprints at a micro ATM in Madhubani, Bihar. He wondered if someone had somehow managed to obtain his fingerprints and make a silicon copy of it as he had heard of some students doing so to send imposters in their place to take entrance tests where biometrics were used.

— source | Jan 29, 2019

After this, Vikram complained to the officials and got his biometrics locked.

UIDAI Asks 127 to Prove Citizenship, Lawyer Calls it ‘Soft NRC’

The Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI) has served notices to 127 individuals alleging that they may not be Indian nationals and has directed them to prove their citizenship by furnishing relevant documents.

The UIDAI, in its letter dated 3 February, has stated that it has received “complaint/allegation” that the accused have “obtained Aadhaar through false pretenses, making false claims and submitting false documents.”

Following outrage on social media, with political leaders and activists challenging the UIDAI’s authority to question individuals on citizenship and calling it an attempt to introduce a “soft NRC”, UIDAI scrambled to issue a clarification.

In a press statement, issued on Tuesday, 18 February, UIDAI clarified “these notices have nothing to do with citizenship and cancellation of Aadhaar number is in no way related to the nationality of any resident.”

Father of Accused Worked For Govt Co: Lawyer

— source | Sushovan Sircar | Feb 19, 2020

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UIDAI CEO Pandey’s personal life from meta data

So everyone is citing Authentication failures on @ceo_uidai’s authentication history, but I can understand quite a bit about his life with just that. Let us begin.

He has a Vodafone phone and did not link it until last week for the court demo (OR) He just bought a new one. Given his position and status, this is most likely a Post Paid connection.

He used “UIDAI Services”. That is not an internal AUA and not a public one. So we can conclude that he was browsing the web then from the confines of his office during this time among other things.

Another “internal” AUA. With the transaction name of the AUA, it is easy to conclude that he was using a Demo Application. Hence most likely he was giving a Presentation to someone on the greatness of Aadhaar.

— source | Mar 29, 2018

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Digital vaccine passports pave way for unprecedented surveillance capitalism

The death by starvation of Etwariya Devi, a 67-year-old widow from the rural Indian state of Jharkhand, might have passed without notice had it not been part of a more widespread trend.

Like 1.3 billion of her fellow Indians, Devi had been pushed to enroll in a biometric digital ID system called Aadhaar in order to access public services, including her monthly allotment of 25kg of rice. When her fingerprint failed to register with the shoddy system, Devi was denied her food ration. Throughout the course of the following three months in 2017, she was repeatedly refused food until she succumbed to hunger, alone in her home.

Premani Kumar, a 64-year-old woman also from Jharkhand, met the same demise as Devi, dying of hunger and exhaustion the same year after the Aadhaar system transferred her pension payments to another person without her permission, while cutting off her monthly food rations.

— source | Jeremy Loffredo, Max Blumenthal | Oct 19, 2021

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Why Has the EC Brought Back the Dangerous Proposal to Link Voter IDs With Aadhaar?

After a gap of six years, the dubious linkage between voters IDs with Aadhaar numbers is back in the news.

It was reported on June 8 that the chief election commissioner had written to the Union law minister requesting the minister to expedite a long list of proposals for electoral reforms. Linking of voter ID information with the Aadhaar database of the UIDAI was one of the prominent proposals.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) taking up this proposal once again was a surprise. It is not a new proposal. The first attempt was made in March 2015 when the Election Commission of India (ECI) launched “a comprehensive programme”, called the National Electoral Roll Purification and Authentication Programme (NERPAP) “with the prime objective of bringing a totally error-free and authenticated electoral roll”. One of the objectives of the NERPAP was to link and authenticate the EPIC (Electoral Photo Identity Card) data with the UIDAI’s Aadhaar data.

This had to be stopped because on August 11, 2015, the Supreme Court passed an interim order prohibiting Aadhaar from being used for “any purpose” other than the state-facilitated distribution of food grain and cooking fuel such as kerosene and LPG. The ECI decided to stop the drive by its order of August 13, 2015.

— source | Jagdeep S. Chhokar | 12 Oct 2021

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Over 500 Individuals, Orgs Decry EC Proposal to Link Aadhaar, Voter ID

Twenty three organisations and nearly 500 prominent individuals have criticised the move to link the Aadhaar to the the voter ID, calling it an “ill-thought, illogical, and unnecessary move” that could fundamentally harm India’s electoral democratic structure.

Pointing out that far from cleaning up voter rolls, like the Election Commission has claimed, the move will create mass disenfranchisement and increase voter fraud, the signatories have called on the EC to withdraw the “dangerous” proposal.

The signatories to the statement include electoral reform group, Association for Democratic Reforms; civil rights groups from across the country such as the Peoples’ Union of Civil Liberties, MKSS, Adivasi Women’s Network, Chetna Andolan, and NAPM Jharkhand; and digital rights groups including Rethink Aadhaar, Article 21 Trust, the Internet Freedom Foundation, the Bachao Project, and the Free Software Movement of India. Individual signatories include former civil servants, journalists, social activists, researchers and students.

— source | 26/Sep/2021

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There are four to five kinds of people who support aadhaar

1. The well meaning ones, who believe that it works, does no damage and is the cure for all the “crooked” Indians. That any flaws can simply be “fixed”. That it will lead to world peace. (Ok, maybe not the last).

2. Tech idiots, enamored of binary solutions. Because they can code, they think they have answers to life. Usually blind to practical reality, to people, to human rights, to the deadly effects their “creations” have on flesh and blood. Most of the geeks connected to aadhaar.

3. The moneyed, Tech Czars. Too much money and a God complex. Know what’s best for everyone else and empirical evidence is simply an inconvenience (or jealous rivals). The apparent movers behind aadhaar. (Apparent, because I believe they’re being manipulated very skillfully).

4. The shadowy masterminds, the real movers. Unknown, but almost certainly experts at manipulation and pressure. Could be foreign hands, local politicians, intelligence agencies, business conglomerates, World Bank, CIA, NSA, xyz… India is not the only country to face this.

5. The unconcerned individual. Probably the most dangerous, for the sheer inertia of numbers. Not bothered about concepts of identities and/or rights. Will NEVER learn from another’s experience. Looks at all this as just a slight inconvenience to be quickly dispensed with.


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Aadhaar-PDS Link in Jharkhand Led to Exclusions

A new study has backed the claim by activists and media reports that Jharkhand’s decision to link welfare schemes, particularly the public distribution system, with Aadhaar led to genuine beneficiaries being excluded. A sample survey by the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab – which counts Nobel laureates Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo among its founders – has found that close to 88% of deleted ration cards belonged to genuine households.

Between 2016 and 2018, the state government had been cancelling ration cards of what it calls “ghost beneficiaries” in an attempt to stop “leakages” from the PDS system. According to the J-PAL study by economists Karthik Muralidharan, Paul Niehaus and Sandip Sukhtankar, the entire process did reduce some amount of leakage “but also led to non-trivial increase in exclusion error and transaction costs for beneficiaries”.

Requiring Aadhaar to obtain PDS benefits in Jharkhand led to considerable reduction in leakage, but also

— source | Jahnavi Sen | 23/02/2020

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New Polish ID cards blocked after fingerprint scanners raise security concerns

The introduction of new national identity cards in Poland has been delayed indefinitely amid concerns expressed by the Internal Security Agency (ABW) about the threat to state security and personal privacy posed by fingerprint scanners. The government has confirmed that it is preparing urgent legislation to postpone the issuance of the cards, which were due to come in on 2 August and bring Poland into line with new EU security rules. Parliament voted almost unanimously in April in favour of the new version of the cards, which are supposed to include the so-called “second biometric feature” of encoded fingerprints (the first is the image of the holder’s face).

— source | Jul 7, 2021

what safety for us. we will give work for the same company that provide cards to pakistan.

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Aadhaar Chargesheet

We believe those responsible for governing the #Aadhaar scheme need to be held accountable for the mounting exclusions, the continuing data breaches and security lapses, and not least for violating SC orders time and time again. #PeoplesAgenda2019

Our manifesto of demands includes:
1. Revoke the Aadhaar (and other Laws) Amendment Ordinance, 2019.
2. Repeal the illegally-enacted Aadhaar Act, and launch a public consultation on the future of the Aadhaar scheme.
3. Immediately halt Aadhaar enrolment, update & authentication activities, and launch a full public audit of the UIDAI, its partners & contractors.
4. Identify & compensate all beneficiaries of all welfare schemes who have been denied their rightful entitlements due to Aadhaar-related issues.
5. Implement an independent audit of Aadhaar data held by public and private institutions, & mandate the complete and irrevocable deletion of: a) Aadhaar data held by public institutions for any purpose b) Aadhaar data held by private parties for any purpose
6. Prohibit the collection, storage or use of Aadhaar for any purpose – Aadhaar possession or enrolment will not be made a condition for access to any government service or benefit or the performance of any legal duty.
7. Institute an immediate and universal opt-out facility allowing any Aadhaar holder to exit the Aadhaar scheme (including complete and irrevocable deletion of all data held by all organisations), and…
7. (cont.) … require the UIDAI to obtain consent to continued Aadhaar possession from all other existing Aadhaar holders within 12 months (barring which their Aadhaar information will be deleted).
8. Indemnify all citizens against any legal or administrative action for any prior failure or refusal to enrol for or provide an Aadhaar number.
9. Publish details of all recorded Aadhaar data breaches, and inform all Aadhaar number holders affected.
10. Consult on the drafting of a privacy and data protection law based on the recommendations of the AP Shah Committee.
11. Immediately withdraw all FIRs and charges filed against journalists and security researchers who have brought to public attention the lapses in security of the Aadhaar ecosystem.
The Aadhaar scheme is best described as “a lot of pain with little, if any, gain”, especially since there has been no transparency over the costs of the scheme to Indian taxpayers.
In the absence of accountability, citizens have no choice but to ask for the complete shutting down of the #Aadhaar scheme. #PeoplesAgenda2019 Join us for Jan Sarokar 2019 at Delhi’s Talkatora Stadium tomorrow, April 6th, from 10am to 5pm.

— source no2uid | 5 Apr 2019

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