Your Aadhaar details are leaked by government websites, too
As pointed out by Moneylife, and contrary to all claims from the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Electronics and Information Technology, Aadhaar number of several people continue to leak on the internet from government websites. In fact, even the website of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) uploads PDF files containing copy of Aadhaar from people.
 
This flood of leakages raise serious questions on the entire Aadhaar system, when Attorney General KK Venugopal and UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey, are trying to impress the five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court about safety and security of the UID.  
 
 
The leakages data revealed on the first search page, belongs to MeitY itself. It looks like the Ministry headed by Mr RS Prasad believes in revealing personal details of Right to Information (RTI) applicants rather than furnishing complete information on UIDAI or Aadhaar project itself. Remember, UIDAI has still not revealed under RTI details about its contract with foreign agencies or enrolment agencies they have hired. 
 
 
However, MeitY is not the only government website that is leaking Aadhaar number and other data of citizens. The governments of Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Rajasthan as well as some specialised portals like the Systemized Administration & Regulation of Tendering and Handling All Court Cases (SARTHAC), Intellectual Property India are found leaking Aadhaar data of applicants.
 
Interestingly, even the Delhi government led by Aam Admi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal seems to believe uploading personal information of RTI applicant, including Aadhaar is the right thing to do. 
 
 
Not to be left behind in transparency, the Rajasthan government headed by Vasundhara Raje Scindia from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also reveals personal information of RTI applicants on its website. When under the RTI Act, the applicant is not required to prove his or her identity, why the Rajasthan government is publishing such information on internet.
 
   
 
The state government in Madhya Pradesh headed by Shivraj Singh Chouhan from BJP believes in publishing personal information like Aadhaar and PAN of promoter and developer under the  Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA). 
 
 
In implementing central government schemes, the government from Kerala, headed by Pinarayi Vijayan of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), has uploaded entire PDF file containing application, Aadhaar, electoral card and copy of bank passbook of the applicant on its website. 
 
 
SARTHAC, which owned by High Court Cases Monitoring Cell of High Court of Calcutta, also seems to be uploading scanned copies of cases including personal information of people involved in the matter.    
 
 
Intellectual Property India too appears to have failed to understand rights of individuals and publishes all details on its website. This includes application forms, as well scanned copy of Aadhaar of those filing affidavits. 
 
 
Last time, when the issue of leakages of Aadhaar information on internet was raised, the UIDAI had shirked its responsibility by saying that by knowing someone’s Aadhaar, no one can impersonate and harm anybody. In addition, the UIDAI CEO told the Supreme Court that they are ignorant about purpose and details of transction being undertaken by various entities using Aadhaar. 
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Rahul bagdi Rahul bagdi

5 months ago

Yas

kashyap joshipura

8 months ago

Aadhar was started by UPA Government and now protected and promoted by NDA Government. It is a unique project as to avoid duplication PAN,SIM Cards,Bank Accounts the entire Indian Citizens are being treated as culprit.It is the brainchild of sarkari clerks arrogance.Few years back Mobile companies and Banks used to visit the residance and office of the applicants to check its authenticity.Now present days clerks are seating in the AC Cabins and forced citizens to visit their location to verified their identities with the help of Aadhar.Now the days are not far when these clerks will forced the common citizens for total body scan for the verification to get SIM Cards and Bank accounts.!!!!!!

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Manoj

In Reply to kashyap joshipura 8 months ago

And why not? As everyone knows it's the citizens who are corrupt and cheats in India. Sarkaar is clean as a driven snow. In any case sarkaar convenience is the biggest right of all. Citizens don't have any rights.

#Aadhaar: “100% successful authentication NOT possible,” UIDAI CEO admits in SC
The five-judge Constitutional bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, comprising Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan on Wednesday resumed hearing in the Aadhaar case. In the beginning, the Bench decided to allow Ajay Bhushan Pandey, Chief Executive (CEO) of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as requested by Attorney General KK Venugopal.
 
Mr Pandey, responding to a query from Justice Chandrachud, admitted that "100% authentication success (of Aadhaar) is not possible as there are many variables, like connectivity, or machine not working. The Aadhaar Act takes care of it."
 
 
 
Replying to other query from Justice Chandrachud, on whether UIDAI know if denial of service happening or only authentication failure happens, Mr Pandey, said, "No. But UIDAI constantly advise ministries that on the ground there will be exclusion if they solely depend on Aadhaar authentication. Which is why in law, they made exceptions and that any official not obeying and denying services would be taken a strong view of."
 
There is no official data available on such denial of service, the UIDAI CEO told the Court. 
 
When Justice Sikri asked about how people will know if their biometrics have changed, Mr Pandey said, "In such cases, an error code is sent to UIDIA and then we ask the person to update his biometrics."
 
Not looking convinced, Justice Chandrachud commented that this (failure of authentication) will lead to exclusion. Mr Pandey contented that a circular was issued on Wednesday, which says that inf a person's authentication through biometrics does not happen, then he shall not be denied benefits for that reason.
 
Earlier, AG Venugopal while concluding his contention handed over compilation of all related documents to the Bench. Justic Sikri asked about relevance of all these documents beyond demonstrating that much effort has gone in. He says, "(these documents) does not answer constitutionality questions of the (Aadhaar) Act when we are discussing its legal validity."
 
Justice Chandrachud also pointed out that as far as back in August 2009, it appears that the need for legislation (for Aadhaar) was felt. "What took the government seven years to pass the Act?" he asked.
 
Justice Sikri wanted to know from the UIDAI CEO about shopkeeper appropriating the grain by saying  there is biometric mismatch. Mr Pandey, referring to the Jharkhand death cases said, "Aadhaar cannot cure every kind of malaise. At least now, we have proof that it is the ration shopkeeper is caught. Earlier he could not be."
 
Justice Khanwilkar asked if the software used by UIDAI is Indian or not. The UIDAI CEO said, "Only the biometric match software is licensed from foreign companies, which are world's best companies in that industry. Those software run on our data centre. There are all 6000 server farm with UIDIA, which are very very powerful."
 
Mr Pandey also claimed that there can be no false positive de-duplicates because there is also a manual override process in UIDAI about Aadhaar. In addition, he stated, "Once biometrics reaches CIDR, it can never be shared on any ground whatsoever except for national security under Section 33. Over the past one and a half years, we have not received any request for biometrics from government or anyone."
 
Section 33, however, does not allow sharing of biometric even under national security.
 
Mr Pandey said UIDAI is doing Aadhaar enrolment in prison as well. "We are starting enrolment centres in banks and post offices. Enrolment and updation of Aadhaar is a continuing process. The total cost of an Aadhaar card is less than one dollar."
 
"We have registered devices for authentication. The devices use our key for encryption. The biometrics is not shared with the requesting entity also. Authentication process takes less than a second. We do not collect purpose, location and details of the transaction," the UIDAI CEO tried to assert the Bench, adding, "We are doing four crore authentications everyday. We do not know the purpose of these authentications. Information remains in the silos and merging of silos is also prohibited."
 
Justice Sikri asked why has UIDAI blacklisted 49,000 enrollers. Mr Pandey, says, "There are the people who took money for enrolments and whose demographic data quality was very bad. Some of them also misused the biometric exception. Some of them also registered a tree or hanuman. Earlier UIDAI used to trust enrolment operators a lot earlier but they no longer do and have more stringent quality control."
 
Mr Pandey also informed the Bench that they have enrolled 120.3 crore people. "We enrol children as soon as they are born. We do not take biometrics of the infant. Only photograph is taken. Biometrics of parents are collected. At the age of five and again at the age of 15, we take biometrics of the child".
 
(Based on live tweets of @prasanna_s, who is representing one of the petitioners and @SFLCin)
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Nripen Chandra

6 months ago

Ever since data leak I've started receiving too many spams from Indian businesses. This govt is selling people's data. Leak is a cover up. Real matter is sale of Indian Data for selfish gains.

Manoj

8 months ago

It is sad when you see a democratically elected govt standing solidly behind colonial practice of holding bureaucratic ease more important than citizens freedoms. That this is done by presenting long winded and unsubstantiated arguments is even more sad. Having run this massive scheme for 8 years hasnt generated data on the quality, accuracy and security violations is hard to believe.

Amitabha Bhattacharjee

8 months ago

"an error code is sent to UIDIA and then we ask the person to update his biometrics." let the authority submit name and address of the person who have been advised by UIDIA to update their biometric data

Carlos De Souza

8 months ago

The bench consists of Misra, Sikri, Chndrachud, Khanwilkar & Bhushan. Remember these names for future. Would one like to know why Chelameswar, Gogoi, Lokur and Joseph were excluded despite being far more senior ?? Because, they are honest & independent and would not do Modi/Shah's bidding ??

A BANERJEE

8 months ago

As an IRS officer, handling income tax cases in very big and sensitive cases for 35 years, How I wish that I had the benefit of Aadhaar during my working days in the Service!

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Manoj

In Reply to A BANERJEE 8 months ago

Mr Banerjee, your convenience is not more important than the fundamental rights of citizens. That is a lesson bureaucrats don't seem to learn.

A BANERJEE

In Reply to Manoj 8 months ago

You missed the point that the 'convenience' was in the course of discharging statutory functions of tncome tax ofgficials wh9o do not enjoy security, etc., but have to trudge on their own. I wish you knew the challenges faqced by the honest and dedicated investigators of the IT deptt engaged in detecting tax evaders and tax evasion. I am talking of the days long before computers were introduced.

Manoj

In Reply to A BANERJEE 8 months ago

Computers don't improve honesty. Please don't certify the honesty of all inspectors. You and I know that it is not true and with each passing year the level of disdain for citizens problems and level of corruption is only rising, not falling.

Puneet Kumar

8 months ago

I cam to know even the mighty Thor can also apply for Aadhaar card.
Check it here how https://goo.gl/51Krv7

Deepak Narain

8 months ago

Aadhaar system is not perfect. It has many weaknesses. Yet, Govt is insisting on it causing avoidable problems for the citizens. Will anybody please enumerate its gains since its inception?

#Aadhaar Security: “There is a 4-minute video showing the 13 feet wall around the CIDR,” AG tells the SC
The five-judge Constitutional bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, comprising Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan on Wednesday resumed hearing in the Aadhaar case. 
 
Attorney General KK Venugopal, started his submission with reading qualifications of chief executive of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and insistence upon the Court to see a technical presentation by its Chief Executive (CEO) Ajay Bhushan Pandey. “We will explain how security is protected at every step from enrolment to Central ID Repository (CIDR). The CEO of UIDAI has prepared a power point presentation and he can also explain it to the Court,” Mr Venugopal said.
 
Chief Justice Misra however told the AG to first make his legal contentions. “(The) petitioners have argued on privacy, anonymity, dignity, surveillance, aggregation, presumptive criminality, unconstitutional conditions, absence of a law, security. And the AG should respond to those,” the Chief Justice said.
 
The AG then stated, “Many doubts and fears that have been raised (by the petitioners) will be clarified by the presentation (from the UIDAI CEO). There is also a four minute video showing the thirteen foot wall around the CIDR.”
 
 
Justice Chandrachud pointed out that the petitioners have also began with a factual superstructure and hence the request from the AG might be fair one. Chief Justice Misra, however, told Mr Venugopal to begin his contention.
 
In his response, the AG contented that core effort of the Aadhaar Act is to protect huge amounts of money spent to bridge the gap between rich and poor. “When the British left, poverty was 66% and illiteracy was 87%. Now both are down to 27% but in absolute terms it is higher. The money being diverted was more than Rs1,000 crore. Middleman and public servants were diverting funds. Corruption was massive. The Aadhaar Act was framed to take into account every fear, and have the least possible invasion of privacy.”
 
“Under the architecture of the Act, the invasion of privacy is at the lowest possible level. 
Before the Act, the Court had ordered that Aadhaar be voluntary. So there should be no question of fundamental rights violations. If it was voluntary, how could there be violation? The SC had said that the right to life is not a right to a mere animal existence, but a right to live with dignity,” Mr Venugopal said.
 
Observing this contention as ‘interesting point where two rights, the right to privacy and right to life, clash’, Justice Sikri noted that in this case, both sides are invoking the right to dignity.
 
Chief Justice Misra commented that the AG’s argument seems to be that the individual right to privacy must give way to the right to distributive justice.
 
AG Venugopal said that in this country, if you are poor, you become invisible.
 
Justice Sikri said that this argument (from the AG) must be dealt with in the context of exclusion.
 
“Lots of non-governmental organisation (NGOs) have said that there is exclusion, but the Court had not heard from any affected person,” the AG said. 
 
Justice Chandrachud, citing an example of Bengal Famine, said, “It cannot be said that individual rights are subordinate to distributive justice.”
 
Resuming his contentions, Mr Venugopal wanted to know if fundamental rights of poor people to exist without hunger and lying on pavements would prevail over the right to privacy.
 
Justice Bhushan said that poor too have an equal right to privacy. “Their rights cannot be violated any more than the rights of the rich,” he said. 
 
AG Venugopal contended that this was a question of balancing rights and not a question of violation. Repeating his points, the AG said, there can be no question of violation of fundamental rights before 2016 since Aadhaar was voluntary. 
 
Intervening, Justice Chandrachud pointed out that this is not so simple. He said, “When people agreed to obtain Aadhaar, they did not accept a surrender of their data, or commercialisation. Besides, the safeguards of the Aadhaar Act did not exist back then.”
 
The AG says poor people who were the beneficiaries between 2009 and 2016 have not complained. “Aadhaar is an enabler for millions of residents. It enables their right to food, livelihood and pensions. A handful of petitioners want it to be struck down on grounds of privacy. Object of the Act is targeted delivery for genuine beneficiaries. It furthers the Article 21 right of the poor people of India, and advances the Directive Principles,” he said.
 
Reading out from a report, “Identification for Development’, from the World Bank, the AG said that official identification is more than a convenience and it is a fundamental human right. He says, “The World Bank Report says that a lack of identification specifically affects women and children adversely. Delivery of services to the poor and making everyone count would be by delivering an identity and the Work Bank stated that this would help development and it should be universal.”
 
Justice Sikri asked if that was the only goa, what was the need for centralisation and aggregation and whether this was proportionate. He also cited an example of Singapore, where the data remains on the card.
 
Responding to this, AG Venugopal said, “This will be explained by the CEO of UIDAI in his presentation tomorrow. Aggregation is not possible with Aadhaar. The CIDR does not have the purpose of the transaction.”
 
There was some discussion about the presentation to be made by CEO of UIDAI. Chief Justice Misra told AG Venugopal to submit the presentation on word format. 
 
Senior counsel KV Vishwanathan said if there is a presentation, the there must be a right to cross-examination by the petitioners. 
 
Justice Chandrachud said that there cannot be a freewheeling cross examinations and questions can be placed through the Chief Justice. 
 
Both the issues of presentation and cross examination would be decided by the Bench on Thursday, when the hearing resumes. 
 
(Based on live tweets of @gautambhatia88, who is representing one of the petitioners)
 
 
 
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Mahesh S Bhatt

8 months ago

There is physical/logical processes standard & technical levels of securities & there are gaps at all layers at primary levels. Couple corruption+politics +indian services levels of Government when it has to give mixture is explosive God also cannot Bless Amen Mahesh Bhatt

Ramesh I

8 months ago

Was shocked to read in the newspapers today that the AG Venugopal claimed that those who 'voluntarily' enrolled for Aadhar prior to Aadhar Act 2016, should not complain of right to privacy. This is bizarre. Those who did enrol voluntarily did so in good faith and hoped Aadhar would indeed benefit them going forward. No one who enrolled then envisaged blatant violation of their right to privacy (held much later by a 9-judge SC bench as a Fundamental Right within the FR of Right to Life) nor did so many cases of breach of Aadhar Database, indiscriminate public access to Aadhar database, etc. come to light back then. Hence, the AG stating that those who enrolled prior to the 2016 Act shoud sort of forfeit their right to privacy is a specious argument with a malicious intent. Hope this 5-judge bench sees through such games by AG and other Govt appointed advocates in this case, and gives its verdict on constitutional validity of Aadhar and in fact restricts its use ONLY to govt welfare scheme, yet make it VOLUNTARY. It should not be lost on the learned Bench that millions of illegal immigrants, mainly from Bangladesh, and some from Myanmar, have procured Aadhar Card thru fake / forged documents, and avail govt welfare benefits meant for Indian citizens. So, by not barring Govt from making Aadhar as 'mandatory', SC is indirectly complicit in allowing millions of illegal residents of India life of Indian taxpayers' money illegitimately.

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