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Fear of Privacy!

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Janaki Jambunathan

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I am not digging skeletons! The thread was closed on request by its author - Like going to Brittania AGM take the complimentary Biscuits and walk away without participation!

This is about Aadhar & the fear of privacy - Looks the concerns are true and geuine!

“We can’t keep waiting for people to come forward and declare,” Ashutosh Jindal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas told The Hindu

“Essentially, under the Income Tax Act, there is a provision of confidentiality but that applies to only non-governmental agencies,” Dinesh Kanabar, CEO, Dhruva Advisors, told The Hindu .
“As for companies, there is a constant sharing of information between customs and income tax. That kind of sharing happens all over the world.”
The Income Tax Department is well within its right to provide the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas information on people earning more than Rs. 10 lakh a year, Mr. Kanabar said.
“They can say that, as per tax returns, these people earn more than Rs. 10 lakh. They cannot, however, divulge the exact income these people are earning since that is not relevant.”


https://www.google.co.in/url?sa=t&r...th1VJNTFiydWIq0vA&sig2=FRCNbgndpQEX_HU6ztLF3Q
 
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Janaki Jambunathan

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The Aadhaar Bill opens the door to mass surveillance. This danger needs to be seen in the light of recent attacks on the right to dissent. No other country, and certainly no democratic country, has ever held its own citizens hostage to such a powerful infrastructure of surveillance.


The Aadhaar project was sold to the public based on the claim that enrolment was “voluntary”. This basically meant that there was no legal compulsion to enrol. The government and the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), however, worked overtime to create a practical compulsion to enrol:Aadhaar was made mandatory for an ever-widening range of facilities and services.

It is important to note that Aadhaar could work wonders as a voluntary facility. A certified, verifiable, all-purpose identity card would be a valuable document for many people. But the UIDAI has never shown much interest in the Aadhaar card, or in developing voluntary applications of Aadhaar. Instead, it has relentlessly pushed for Aadhaar being used as a mandatory identification number in multiple contexts, and for biometric authentication with a centralised database over the Internet. That is a very different ball game.

https://www.google.co.in/url?sa=t&r...g3Hqp3HTeDIrcteZA&sig2=L1ck3lZb4MSotkJcRE1ckA
 
For persons with nothing to hide from any authority (the lower middle class and the really BPL people), it does not matter whether the Aadhaar data is shared or kept secret. It may give sleepless nights only for those who have hidden something and are afraid that they will be caught now, in one way or another.
 
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Now before commission of criminal/economic offences, they learn the 'Art of Leaving'
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It appears that those below poverty line looking for subsidy have no right to privacy.

It is like telling someone to go naked to get alms for food from the govt.lol
 
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V.Balasubramani

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[h=1]Finance Minister says that it is meant to ensure money reaches the right man.[/h]---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
[h=1]Aadhaar Bill passed in LS: How Narendra Modi just saved the fate of Jan Dhan and subsidy reforms[/h]Excerpts:

The whole process of subsidy reforms, kicked off during the UPA days and now pushed aggressively by the NDA government, is built on the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) channel, based on the unique identity number, or Aadhaar awarded to each citizen. It holds particular importance for theNarendra Modi government, and the success of its financial inclusion push under the JAM (Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and Mobile) trinity.

Leakage in subsidy has been a grave concern for India's exchequer for years. Hence, linking bank accounts to a unique social identity number will help plug the spillage. Despite the opposition from the Congress and Left parties, the passage of the Aadhaar (Target Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016 is a done deal now since it was introduced in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday as a money bill.

Read more at: http://www.firstpost.com/business/e...o-the-common-man-and-not-a-curse-2679262.html
 
For persons with nothing to hide from any authority (the lower middle class and the really BPL people), it does not matter whether the Aadhaar data is shared or kept secret. It may give sleepless nights only for those who have hidden something and are afraid that they will be caught now, in one way or another.

Yes Sir,

Only persons who have weight on the belt have to fear on the way.
 
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Janaki Jambunathan

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For persons with nothing to hide from any authority (the lower middle class and the really BPL people), it does not matter whether the Aadhaar data is shared or kept secret. It may give sleepless nights only for those who have hidden something and are afraid that they will be caught now, in one way or another.

I wonder if SC will buy this argument - Right to privacy is a fundamantal right Wait for SC ruling on this!
 
Aadhar being made mandatory for central schemes will not pass judicial scrutiny.

Safeguards needs to be built in to ensure privacy is not violated

Let us see what courts say.
 
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V.Balasubramani

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[h=1]LS passes Aadhaar Bill, rejects RS recommendations: All you need to know about the law[/h]Excerpt:


What are the safeguards in place?



It is the UID authority that will authenticate the Aadhaar number of an individual, if an entity makes such a request. A requesting entity (an agency or person that wants to authenticate information of a person) has to obtain the consent of an individual before collecting his information. The agency can use the disclosed information only for purposes for which the individual has given consent.


The UID authority is not permitted to share an individual’s biometric information such as finger print, iris scan and other biological attributes. Further, these details will be used only for Aadhaar enrolment and authentication, and for no other purpose.


The authority shall record the entity requesting verification of a person’s identity, the time of request and the response received by the entity. The purpose for which an individual's identity needs to be verified will not be maintained.

Read more at: http://www.firstpost.com/politics/a...-you-need-to-know-about-the-bill-2678496.html
 

asadu

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Courts can come in the picture only when someone proves that his privacy is exposed and he incurred some kind of loss/damage. Courts can not poke their nose in each and every thing of the day to day affairs of the government. The act will come into force and remain in force. Slowly it will crepe into other areas too like crime investigation, money laundering and financial irregularities.
 
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V.Balasubramani

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[h=1]Aadhaar debate: Why you should care about privacy even if you have absolutely nothing to hide[/h][h=2]The discussion on privacy and mass surveillance that started with the passage of the controversial Bill must continue.[/h]On March 11, the Aadhaar Bill was passed by 73 of the 545 members of the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament, after three hours of discussion. It sanctions the bulk collection and centralisation of biometric and demographic data by the government and private businesses. Many people argue that the controversial Bill contains inadequate provisions to protect the privacy of Indian citizens.

The debate around Aadhaar highlights the need to evaluate what privacy means to us in the face of continual technological change and to inform our elected representatives of the balance we want to achieve between surveillance and security. Here are my thoughts on the frequently asked questions about surveillance that I have encountered and that have been debated in the media.

Read more at: http://scroll.in/article/805415/aad...y-even-if-you-have-absolutely-nothing-to-hide
 
The main aim behind Aadhaar bill, is not to tress pass into the privacy of any individual; but to plug the loopholes of tax evasion.
Many more would be brought into Direct taxes net.
 
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