SEARCH THIS BLOG

Sunday, March 6, 2011

206 - SAY NO TO AADHAR PROJECT AND UIDAI by Pritesh N. Munjal

By Pritesh N Munjal
17th September 2010

Indians are very docile and they do not care what the government of India and its agencies can do to deprive them of their civil liberties and privacy rights. Take the example of the most obnoxious and nefarious project named Aadhar project or UID project of India. It is managed by unique identification authority of India (UIDAI), headed by Nandan Nilekani.

Techno legal civil liberty experts like Praveen Dalal have already expressed that Aadhar project is unconstitutional and illegal even after the fa├žade of National Identification Authority of India Bill 2010. According to Dalal “Human Rights in Indian cyberspace have already been outlawed by projects like Aadhar, Natgrid, CCTNS, etc. This is because these unconstitutional and illegal projects are neither supported by any legal framework nor are under the parliamentary scrutiny”.

It is surprising why Indian citizens are not opposing to such mass scale and blatant e-surveillance exercise like Aadhar/UID project? With biometric details and all relevant details in the hands of Indian government and its agencies, the life of Indians is going to be a hell.

Further, in the absence of any privacy rights and other procedural safeguards, there would be no requirement at all to follow legal means of lawful interception and e-surveillance.

It is high time to say NO to Aadhar project as government of India is well committed to waste hard earned public money on worthless projects like Aadhar. We must oppose this project before it takes away our privacy and life from us.