The Deccan Development Society has conducted a pressmeet yesterday at Press Club of Hyderabad in the State of Andhra pradesh, to discuss on the long turn adverse effects of Aadhaar Cards on Indian citizens' personal freedom and privacy. Speaking to the Press Persons the Deccan Development Society Director Mr.P.V.Satish stated that “Aadhaar” cards being issued by the Government would encroach upon the personal rights, freedom, self-respect and citizen privacy provided by the Constitution of India, as under the policy of “Aadhar Card” issuance the citizens’ all thumbs impressions and Iris photographs are being taken by the private agencies allotted for this purposes, which is highly dangerous to the citizen privacy”. The other participants in the press meet are Human Rights Law Network Co-ordinator Mr.Mohmad Shakeel, National Alliance of Peoples Movement Mrs.Saraswati, also spoke to media person on the adverse effects of Aadhar Cards issuance on the citizen privacy and personal freedom.
The Speakers also demanded for immediate suspension of this scheme and demanded what ever the information and data so far collected must be handed over to the National Informatics Centre (NIC) of Government of India by the Private Agencies, and Mr.Nandan Nelakari of INFOSYS who is behind this ‘Aadhar Card’ proposal must be dropped immediately from this progamme. They questioned on the sanctity and legality of involving the private persons and agencies in the collection of personal datas and thumb impressions and Iris photos of Indian citizens.
Without pondering the citizen security implications, moving a head with the Aadhar Card project would land the common citizens in a great trouble in the days to come, as several government websites and important government Datas around the world nations have been hacked in recent times by terrorist groups and terrorism sponsoring nations. India is no exception for it. If Indian citizens' fingerprints and their Iris photographs and Data if has fallen in the hands of anti-social and crime-sponsoring socio-business groups, the common citizens saftey will be at stake. With such Citizen Data gathered and finger prints and Iris images and photographs collected several crimes against common citizens would be perpetrated by such groups, in various aspects of their life.
The Government of United Kingdom had scrapped their Citizen Unique Identification Card project similar to that of our Aadhar Card project after considering the security problems involved in it for Britain Citizens. Because they thought Citizen Security and national interest are very important rather than favours and other commercial dealings between policy makers and private agencies/persons.