Say no to uid, npr, natgrid, fingerprint, iris and biometric info sign now

UID / Unique Identity / Aadhaar is a biometric database / janampathri / janamkundali of persons above 05 years of age. National Population Register (NPR) is a biometric database / janampathri / janamkundali of persons above 15 years of age.

Census 2011
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Collects comprehensive/exhaustive data/information of/about 1.2 billion people
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Is a statutory exercise conducted/undertaken under the provisions of the Census Act 1948
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Census Act enables the collection of information so that the state has a profile of the population but without profiling the individual
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Respondents are being told that it is mandatory to submit personal information for the National Population Register (NPR)
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Census Act has 'confidentiality' provision
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Names of usual residents and their parents, sex/gender, date and place of birth, present and permanent address, nationality, marital status, if ever married, name of spouse,..
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People have to report to the state about who they marry, when they move house and where, what jobs they do, how much they earn, where they travel, what their pattern of expenditure is, and who they live with
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Information on the building, quality of the building, facilities, assets possessed by the household and the facilities the household has

National Population Register (NPR) database
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All persons in India aged over 15 years are to be loaded on to a NPR database
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Clauses related to individual privacy in the Citizenship Act of 1955 were weakened/diluted through an amendment in 2003
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Citizenship Act has no confidentiality provision
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Information will/would not/never be confidential
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Is being carried out and created under the provisions of the Citizenship Act, 1955 and the Citizenship Rules (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards), 2003
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The Citizenship Rules cast every 'individual' and every 'head of family' in the role of an 'informant' who may be subjected to penalties if he does not ensure that every person gets on to the NPR, and keeps information about themselves and their 'dependents' updated.
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Links with UID database with their biometric identification, which would include a photograph and all eight fingers and two thumbs imprinted on it
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UID number will be part of the NPR and the NPR cards will bear the UID numbers

NATGRID's data
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Is consolidated from 21 categories of databases including UID / Aadhaar and NPR with central and state government agencies and other organizations
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Enables 11 security and intelligence agencies to access consolidated data
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Is a convergence of all kinds of personal details including medical and financial information
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Makes everyone's fingerprints and iris scans available at the click of a mouse, that too with demographic information and all the rest
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Can be accessed by the RAW, the IB, the Enforcement Directorate (ED), the National Investigation Agency (NIA), the CBI, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB),...
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Includes railway and air travel, income tax, phone calls, bank account details, credit card transactions, visa and immigration records, property records, and the driving licences of citizens

House listing operations for Census 2011 progressing well - The Hindu Monday, April 05, 2010

http://www.hindu.com/2010/04/05/stories/2010040561241000.htm

Dr. Chandramouli India's Census Commissioner and Registrar General has contradicted his own statements several times on intrusion of privacy and breach of confidentiality in his interview to The Hindu Newspaper

Census Commissioner and Registrar General:
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Data, except fingerprints, was already in the public domain as voters' identity cards and electoral rolls contained basic details as well as photographs
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Certain information gathered for the NPR will be published in the local areas for scrutiny and invitation of objections like it is done for the electoral rolls
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After disposal of objections and claims by registrars, the NPR data will be sent to the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) for de-duplication
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The UIDAI, after filtering the data and weeding out duplication, will issue a 16-digit UID number

The above four phrases incontrovertibly prove that no data is confidential and private as the Census Data, NPR and UID are all linked in one way or the other.

Under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), ratified by India, an individual's right to privacy is protected from arbitrary or unlawful interference by the state.

The Supreme Court has also held the right to privacy to be implicit under article 21 of the Indian Constitution (Rajagopal v. State of Tamil Nadu, 1994 and PUCL v. Union of India, 1996).

The Copyright Act, Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000, the Indian Contract Act and the Code of Criminal Procedure all place restrictions on the release of personal information.

Other Bills are in the offing such as Draft Land Titling Bill, 2010, Draft Paper on Privacy Bill, 2010, Draft DNA Profiling Act, 2007 and Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations (PIII) for a National Knowledge Network.

The Land Titling Bill makes a provision for "Unique property identification number", linking UID Number with property.

Unique Identity / Identification (UID) / Aadhaar or biometric based national ID system
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Will contain/have all 10 fingerprints, an iris scan and a photograph (biometric profile) of individuals including those of children between ages 5 and 15
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Will/Would lead to profiling and function creep - information collected for one limited purpose but gradually gets used for other purposes
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Tax returns to bank records and SIM (subscriber identity module) registers
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Entails tracking and profiling usual residents electronically through some 53 departments of the Government of India, 35 State/UT Secretariats and 603 District collectorates
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Several countries (including the USA, the UK, Australia, China, Canada and Germany) have tried such projects and have given these up as impractical, unjustified and dangerous
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The new government in UK after taking office in June 2010 scrapped its own UID project as it considered UID as 'intrusive bullying' by the state, and that the government intended to be the 'servant' of the people, and not their master
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Theresa May, the UK Home Secretary, "The national identity card scheme represents the worst of government. It is intrusive and bullying. It is ineffective and expensive. It is an assault on individual liberty that does not promise a great good. The government will destroy all information held on the national identity register, effectively dismantling it."
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The reasons cited by the UK government for rejection of the UID scheme - higher costs, impracticality and ungovernable breaches of privacy and civil liberties - are all valid in the Indian case as well
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UIDAI can authorise "any entity" to maintain it, and that it can be accessed not only by intelligence agencies but also by any Ministry
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Integrates vast amounts of personal data, that are available to government agencies with very few restrictions
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Dilution of existing provisions for protection of privacy under Supreme Court judgements (PUCL versus Union of India) and the IT and Telegraph Acts, all three of which state that such orders for disclosure of personal information can be passed only by the Union or State Home Secretary and not by a Jt. Secy

UID
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Strengthens India's e-surveillance capabilities
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Is a national security project in the garb of a social policy initiative
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Project is fundamentally linked to "national security" concerns rather than "developmental" concerns
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Is part of a larger effort to dismantle the PDS in India to complete the state's withdrawal from the sphere of food procurement and distribution
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http://www.hindu.com/2010/11/25/stories/2010112563151300.htm
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Benefits and services that are linked to the UID will ensure mandatory demand for the number
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The Planning Commission's proposal for the National Food Security Act argues for "mandatory use of UID numbers which are expected to become operational by the end of 2010" (note the optimistic time-frame). No UID, no food.
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National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) assumes that "each citizen needs to provide his UID before claiming employment. Thus, Aadhaar will also be a condition for the right to work - so much for its voluntary nature
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Creates "the infrastructure of authoritarianism" - an unprecedented degree of state surveillance (and potential control) of citizens

Each of these (UID, NPR and Natgrid) has been given spurs by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), with security as the logic for the potential profiling, surveillance, reconnaissance, tracking, tagging and targeting of Indian residents and institutions by the state and its agencies.

These might be misused for undemocratic, illegal and unethical purposes.

The benign promise of targeted welfare services is being held out to legitimise this exercise.

The usual residents are being asked to accept that each of them be treated as potential terrorists, offenders, criminals and security threats, for that is the logic on which all these are based.

Intrusive bullying/harassment of LPG consumers by the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs department in Karnataka State through forced linking of LPG consumer numbers with consumers' electricity meters' Revenue Registration or RR Numbers and APL/BPL (Above/Below Poverty Line) ration card numbers is just an indication of worst/worse things that are yet to come.

Conclusion: The dignity, honour, self-respect and privacy of all law abiding Indian citizens and kids aged above 5 years are at stake / in danger. The digital sovereignty of India is in danger.

The state is sovereign vis-a-vis other states, but within the country it is the people who are sovereign.

Therefore, we the petition signers / signatories request all the agencies / authorities / officials concerned to scrap the NPR, UID, NATGRID,.... as they intrude into the privacy of law-abiding citizens.

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