Aadhaar Is a Mass Surveillance Tool and There Should Be Criminal Penalty for Its Misuse, Says Edward Snowden
Labelling Aadhaar as mass surveillance tool created by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and supported by those in power for political benefits, globally known whistleblower Edward Snowden has warned that due to linking the UID with everything, Indians could face a civil death.
 
He also recommended criminal penalty, including jail, for anyone demanding Aadhaar for providing a service that is unrelated with social benefits from the government. 
 
Speaking at the fifth edition of ‘Talk Journalism’ in Jaipur via video conferencing on 11 August 2018, Mr  Snowden, who exposed mass surveillance programmes run by the US government, intelligence agencies and big corporations, warned about excessive abuse and privacy violation through demanding Aadhaar for everything by the government and private players. 
 
“You will be tracked, monitored, and recorded in a hundred different ways and not just by UIDAI, but by the Aadhaar number they created that is being used by every other company and every other group in society,” Mr Snowden said.
 
 
"There should be a criminal penalty on those seeking Aadhaar number for providing any...
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Parthasarathy J

4 weeks ago

Utter nonsense....

Aadhaar Data Breach: HC seeks Centre's Response
The Delhi High Court, on Tuesday, asked the Centre and the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to file a response on the plea seeking exemplary damages for the losses caused due to leakage of Aadhaar data.
 
A bench of Justice S Ravindra Bhat and Justice AK Chawla asked the Centre and UIDAI to file response within six weeks and listed the matter for further hearing on 19th November.
 
The Court was hearing a plea filed by Shamnad Basheer through advocate Siddharth Aggarwal alleging that the dissemination of personal information of Aadhaar-holders made it clear that government is responsible for any breach of right to privacy.
 
The petitioner has said his constitutional rights have been breached due to the negligence of UIDAI.
 
Citing top court's judgement, the petitioner said that when the State violates the constitutional rights of a citizen, courts may award compensation.
 
He also said that his petition is very different from the other proceedings in the Supreme Court as he is seeking claim to damages due to breach of data.
 
Mr Basheer has also requested the Court to appoint an independent committee...
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Aadhaar not mandatory for filing income tax returns: Gujarat High Court
After High Courts at Delhi and Madras, the Gujarat High Court have also ruled that quoting Aadhaar number is not mandatory for filing income tax returns (ITR). 
 
A Division Bench of Gujarat HC also directed the tax department to accept ITR of a lawyer, who had filed the petition. The Bench also noted that the Aadhaar matter is pending before the Supreme Court.
 
In his plea, Khemchand Rajaram Koshti, the lawyer submitted that quoting Aadhaar number has been made mandatory by the tax department. However, he said since he neither have Aadhaar number nor had he applied for one, he was facing difficulties while filing his tax returns.
 
Last month, the Delhi High Court, while giving relief to two professionals, Shreya Sen and Jayshree Satpute, from quoting Aadhaar number for filing their ITR, directed the I-T Department to provide an additional button on its tax-filing portal to allow filing of tax returns without Aadhaar number. However, this has not yet implemented by the tax authorities. 
 
Separately, the Madras High Court also allowed nine petitioners to file their ITRs without quoting their Aadhaar or enrolment numbers. The Division Bench...
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SURENDRA KUMAR RATHI

2 months ago

Welcome, decision setting at rest controversies.

Ajay Sharma

2 months ago

Why is this being heard on a case by case basis? Shouldn't there be a national verdict on this?

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