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#Thread on the Ghosts of #Aadhaar

Are subsidies, benefits and services from the Consolidated Fund of india being siphoned by the Ghosts and duplicates of Aadhaar?
In order to assign an #Aadhaar number at least two Primary IDs are required by the UIDAI - one as proof of identity and another as a proof of address. uidai.gov.in/enrolment-upda…
According to data provided by the UIDAI, in its Affidavit to the SC, only 60 crores could have used the voter ID, 29 crores PAN,17.37 crores a drivers license, 15.17 crores a ration card and 6.9 crores a Passport as their Primary ID to obtain a Secondary ID, the #Aadhaar
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#THREAD
How CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana compromised the security and lives of millions of Indians under the #SmartCities project by collaborating with shady foreign spy firms who could now exploit our sensitive police data & other realtime info.
gginews.in/picture-intell…
Rakesh Asthana then Police Commissioner was involved in deploying very sensitive Forensic Criminal Investigation Sys requiring real-time intelligence gathering working in sync with police database. Given the nature of work & risks involved it must be handeled carefully. Was it?
“The Face Recognition System & Forensic Criminal Investigation System can offer our police department the much required real-time intelligence to ensure safety of our city and its citizens. We can now proudly say that Surat Safe City is India’s first Safe City.”
- Rakesh Asthana
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#THREAD
Gemalto has apologised for publishing erroneous report on Aadhaar data breach. But why would a world class firm mislead the people of India? What has Gemalto to gain from it? Does Gemalto has stakes in #Aadhaar? Lets see which journalist has the courage to report this.
To understand whats really going on you must first know the background of Gemalto and where it comes from, that would bring things into clear perspective. Then we would address the Aadhaar issue and how the People of India is being mislead by UIDAI.

Neville Pattinson Vice President, Government affairs at Gemalto is board member of Smart Card Alliance a RFID industry group, also serving US Department of Homeland Security's Data Privacy & Integrity Advisory Committee - inchanrge of various Govts biometric programs like Aadhaar
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At the Supreme Court now, waiting for the start of the #NIDSCourtCase. There is a wall of quotes about justice near the entrance. #Jamaica
Court now in session, as CJ Sykes, Justices Batts & Palmer Harrison begin hearing the matter. QC Michael Hylton (representing claimants) introduces the attorneys appearing in the matter, including AG Malahoo Forte QC. Says both sides ready to begin. #NIDSCourtCase #Jamaica
Hylton says both sides agree that the Indian #Aadhaar Act & Indian Supreme Court decisions are relevant to the #NIDSCourtCase. Goes on to say that they differ in regards to approach to the decisions. #Jamaica
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#AadhaarVerdict
The only 5 things we needed:
1) #Aadhaar is legal
2) Don't save Aadhaar#Biometrics or Copy
3) ANY legal entity in India can do an AUTH
4) eKYC only for Govt/Regulated Entities
5) Auth/eKYC record saved by @UIDAI for 180 days
#Aadhaar is legal and not unconstitutional
What constitutes Aadhaar data has to be clear - to me its only Aadhaar Number
& biometrics. My name, Addr, DOB, Sex, Photo are NOT #Aadhaar data-
whether someone got/verified them from UIDAI or not its NOT Aadhaar Data,
its *MY* data!
NOBODY can save Aadhaar#Biometrics or Copy (of Aadhar).
Nobody saves biometrics - non-issue.
The whole reason for the concern of linking came from the common ID number
the 12-digit Aadhaar Number.
Saving a copy of the Aadhaar Letter/Card should also be disallowed.
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Does the Union Government have to direct the telecom service providers to delete biometric and Aadhaar details of their customers following the #Aadhaar judgment? A short thread.
1. We all know that the judgment had three separate judgments. One by majority of Sikri J writing for himself, CJI Misra and Khanwilkar J.
There was a minority judgment by Chandrachud J which was partly concurring with Sikri J
and another partly concurring judgment by Bhushan J
2. On the question of illegality and unconstitutionality of the telecom-Aadhaar linking exercise, all the five judges agreed and struck down the exercise and the 23rd March 2016 circular of the DoT as unconstitutional.
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#Aadhaar Judgment continued
(Sorry the earlier thread no longer loads for me on twitter).

DYC J has penned a partial dissent.

DYC says this is a seminal case that poses questions on democracy, power and liberty and constitutionalism.
DYC J overrules earlier judgment on money bill whether or not speaker decision is subject to judicial review. Elaborate discussion of rule of law and judicial review. Sikri J agrees on this point.
However DYC J holds that Aadhaar cannot have been a money bill. Not even Section 7. Passing a Bill which is not a money bill as a money bill a subterfuge and a fraud on the constitution. This is a dissent from Sikri J view.
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#Aadhaar: Supreme Court Bench assembles, Justice AK Sikri pronouncing his judgment now.
#Aadhaar: Justice AK Sikri has authored judgment on behalf of himself and CJI Dipak Misra and Justice AM Khanwilkar.
#Aadhaar: It is better to be unique than the best, Justice AK Sikri starts his Aadhaar judgment.

Aadhaar has become the most talked about expression in the recent years.
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Bench consisting of CJI, Justices Chandrachud, Sikri, Khanwilkar and Bhushan to sit shortly to deliver Aadhaar judgment. #Aadhaar
Bench assembles.
Sikri,J's judgment concurred by CJI and Khanwilkar,J.
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#Aadhaar judgment. Thread. Will be tweeting opinions as they are pronounced. Final conclusions based on majority will be clear only at the end of the thread.
Waiting for the Bench to assemble.
Bench has assembleed. Judgment is voluminous.

First judgment is by Justice Sikri. CJI and Khanwilkar J have concurred with him. DYC J and Ashok Bhushan J have written separate opinions.
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Why Rahul and Congress does not want #Aadhar(though it was conceived during UPA)

We want terrorist to get cell phones in India and do blasts, this will instill fear in people and we can play politics and make money hence say no to #Aadhaar
#AadhaarVerdict
We don't want subsidy amount to given to poor people, hence say no to #Aadhaar
#AadhaarVerdict
We want a complicated process of getting access to govt benefits, hence say no to #Aadhaar
#AadhaarVerdict
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So a Chinese spy involved in anti-national activities has been arrested by Delhi police in a top secret operation along with his Aadhaar card. But Aadhaar is neither hackable nor UIDAI provides it to the Chinese. In that case he must be an Indian citizen.

timesofindia.com/city/delhi/chi…
This is what we have been warning all along. The foreign military spy firms contracted by UIDAI sold sensitive US rocket tech to Chinese & were fined by US courts. Who in our security agencies vetted these firms? This is a national security issue.
Do you know the deep packet inspection that China uses in its censorship and surveillance systems are provided by the same company certified by @UIDAI for #Aadhaar? Even after we disclosed this why is there no action yet? Where did Chinese spy get Aadhaar?
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As we eagerly await the SC judgement on #Aadhaar, a short thread about the "Crisis management cell" in @UIDAI and how it operates.

1. It knows that the systems that are required to make Aadhaar work have failed and are continuously failing.
2. Everyday the data stares at it.
3. It can't however even attempt to fix these failings because of the implications. For instance, why is the enrollment software still not fixed? Because fixing means pausing enrollments and that is catastrophic admission of defeat.
4. Same with biometric quality captures.
5. Same with missing documents, Same with Biometric mixups, Same with seeding screw-ups aka UP PDS Scam, Gujarat PDS Biometric scam.
6. The starvation deaths, the Airtel Payment bank scam, the Parallel Database scam and so on. The list is endless.
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@AmexIndia hi what’s the criteria to apply Platinum reserve Card ?
Is it the right screen ?
If yes, When I received a call from your call centre to send relevant documents, Why did he insist on @UIDAI #Aadhaar card claiming its mandatory as per #AmericanExpress ? despite me telling I completed KYC for my existing Amex Card ?
Conversation before that went like, I am eligible and he will send the person, Once I said I don't have Aadhaar he said, my application can't be completed without Aadhaar . and he said he won't be able to send mail with confirming the same he said in the call.
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@Memeghnad @NigelBritto Yeah go and stand in que 2 get ration with your BPL card and let us know why you require #aadhar
Tell people that subsidy for gas will be given to all regardless of income...u cannot opt out of subsidy as there is no #aadhar of ur income and v cannot track your data
@Memeghnad @NigelBritto Tell that guy doing hawala transaction to continue with his work as we are incompetent to catch his work through bank
Sorry I forgot you don't want to link bank accounts to #aadhar
As your privacy is in danger
But there is no danger when filling ITR
@Memeghnad @NigelBritto Wait we used to stand line to file ITR before now I can do it from my mobile phone
I don't want this facility I don't was y link my #aadhar
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So @HuffPostIndia thinks that the SC could halt the rollout of Aadhaar, but that is only half accurate. I will explain why.

Link: huffingtonpost.in/entry/india-aa…
1. Any court in India, has no real power. The real power lies with the executive/state. A court order only works if the executive pushes it with the power of the state. Sure there is contempt proceedings. But that also depends on the court and the executive.
2. Courts only issue contempt, if they know that it will make the executive respond. But what if they know, it will be ignored? They keep quiet. That is pretty much what happened on #Aadhaar.

3. So why do executive/state can ignore the court?
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The TOI article by @rohanduaTOI needs it's own thread. What made it possible to change people's #Aadhaar number linked with ration cards again and again and again? The answer to that simple question will establish how @UIDAI is part of the problem. Let us begin. 👇
First Question:
1. If any database needs to be seeded with #Aadhaar number, does it require the holder's consent? Here is Sri A B Pandey @ceo_uidai saying explicitly "Consent is not required".

Link: rediff.com/money/intervie…
2. So what are the tools that @UIDAI built to facilitate the "Consent is not required" model in every seeded database. We now introduce DBT Seeding Viewer (aka) DSDV. This model is called Inorganic seeding. Notice "w/o beneficiary consent"

Link: pdsportal.nic.in/Files/Aadhar%2…
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11 signs that the government is gaslighting all citizens in India with #Aadhaar.

Do READ this and think about it! 👇

psychologytoday.com/us/blog/here-t…
2/ #Aadhaar is system, govt & pvt co. are using to enslave Indians by gaslighting. #Gaslighting is a tactic in which a person or entity, in order to gain more power, makes a victim question their reality. Govt has
brainwashed us to question our OWN identity. Am I who I say I am?
3/ Since gaslighting is a tactic of abusers, dictators, narcissists, and cult leaders, the goal of using #Aadhaar as a #gaslighting tool is by now pretty clear. It is done slowly, so the victim doesn't realize how much they've been brainwashed.
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The Ministry of Corporate Affairs is still asking for mandatory quoting of #Aadhaar in the DIR-3 KYC form for the purpose of updating KYC details of anyone who has been allotted a Director Identification Number(DIN) on or before March 31, 2018.
The form does not show #Aadhaar as a mandatory field but at the time of submission, it gives an error message if the field is left empty.
mca.gov.in/Ministry/pdf/C… .
Also, the FAQs related to it instructs that quoting #Aadhaar is mandatory for citizens of India.

mca.gov.in/MinistryV2/dir…
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A thread on all the #Aadhaar data leaks from Andhra Pradesh. The first leak I reported about AP was part of my report on why leaks are happening. The AP government published details of 2 crore residents Aadhaar, bank account numbers, phone numbers as MS Access databases online
Another one part of the same report was AP NREGA website publishing details of another 1,12,99,803 residents #Aadhaar numbers and bank account details.
This NREGA #Aadhaar data leaked again from a different portal. Turns out everyone has everyone's data at multiple databases.
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Theres a certain guy/s pretending to be French security researcher exposing loopholes in #Aadhaar. Very charming! Why dont they tell you about the French military firm who implemented Aadhaar & even bought other CIA firm contracted by UIDAI? Now lets hear you say the name.
Wont you guys love to see the French mainstream media report against this French military firm taking control over #Aadhaar database & biometric profiles of all Indians? Isnt this tweet worthy for a security researcher, now that French & Indian govts have signed a secret deal?
I am hapoy to say French companies have invested over 20 billion euros in India... and developed the biometric technology that made it possible to register one billion Indians for the ID program Aadhaar.

- French President Francois Hollande on his visit to India in 2016.
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#Google takes the blame for #Aadhaar #UIDAI fiasco, while @UIDAI acts innocent! #UIDAImystery @google gadgets.ndtv.com/mobiles/news/u…
. @UIDAI claimed that 'It is clarified that, #UIDAI has not asked or communicated to any manufacturer or service provider for providing any such facility whatsoever'
#Google has assured its fix in the next few weeks! If you are wondering how #iPhone users reported the no. showing up in their contacts, it's likely coz they synced their contacts with a #Gmail account that already had the said contact added to its list #UIDAImystery
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#AadhaarIsSafe 1/
I'm totally amused to read the various headlines around the @rssharma3 challenge! Clearly shows one of three things:
1) Knowledge of #Aadhaar @UIDAI is poor
2) Biased people take away what they want to believe
3) Both
No data is hacked/stolen or misuse-able
#AadhaarIsSafe 2/
Fact of the matter is that #Aadhaar only has 5 pieces of information - Name, Address, DOB, Gender, Photo, Photo and optionally Email Address, Phone#. I know of NO service that lets you subscribe without the first 5 items and most likely one of 6 & 7.
#AadhaarIsSafe 3/
The biggest cost most service providers face is verifying that the data is indeed accurate and knowing that the person cannot come a second time with a different IDentity. That is precisely what #Aadhaar is designed and architected to do!
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The phone number linked to this #Aadhaar number is 9958587977
According to an official @nicmeity circular, this phone number is the number of your secretary documents.doptcirculars.nic.in/D3/D03ppw/PPWE….
Is it really your #Aadhaar number @rssharma3?
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