The complex architecture of DBT transactions is resulting in failures

By: Srinivas Kodali Technology failing is a universal fact, anyone claiming machines do not have errors is usually saying that to sell a machine to you. Aadhaar is no exception, it is not a mythical system that somehow will function without any error. UIDAI itself publishes around 95 types of errors with the Aadhaar authentication […]

People’s tribunal on Aadhaar-related issues

On 29 February and March 1, 2020, several contributors of the Kaarana publication will be participating in the “People’s tribunal on Aadhaar-related issues,” being held at the Indian Social Institute in New Delhi. The Tribunal will help put evidence of the Aadhaar project’s relentless “function creep” and its impact — on welfare schemes, on our informational privacy, […]

Practicing Digital Safety in India – Kaarana – Medium

Kaarana community has put together a primer on digital safety in India to understand and minimise threats to your digital life by securing your key digital tools. Are you an activist defending human, social or cultural rights? Do you rely on digital tools and platforms such as Facebook, Twitter or WhatsApp for collaborating or organising […]

Sahamati — Self Regulatory Organisation for financial data sharing ecosystem.

Sahamati —an aspiring self regulatory body that oversees account aggregator ecosystem around the proposed financial sector data sharing framework and what it means to regulation around personal financial data Financial Data Sharing defined as “Consent” On July 25, Nandan Nilekani launched Sahamati(सहमति,consent) , a private not for profit company, that aims to be self regulatory […]

Death of an Aadhaar-holder – Kaarana – Medium

Ever wondered what happens to someone’s Aadhaar once they pass away? Well, nothing happens. This is because UIDAI has not built any process or technology to handle an Aadhaar holder’s death. There are multiple issues that arise from this inability of UIDAI to handle death. FAQ from UIDAI website Now, have you wondered what happens […]

Feedback on IBBI — Information Utility IU regulations

Following is feedback sent to Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI), the insolvency, bankruptcy regulator of India. IBBI uses Aadhaar numbers as part of composite keys and technical standards published by IBBI violates the Supreme Court judgement on Aadhaar limiting the use of Aadhaar to functions of state subsidy, its deviation from data protection […]

Electoral Bonds & Privacy – Kaarana – Medium

The arguments supportive of electoral bonds emphasis that privacy of donors exist and is a form of free speech. Let us examine the data flows to verify if privacy / anonymity really exists in electoral bonds. At the centre of India’s controversial campaign financing system is the concept of privacy. Top ministers of the Indian […]

Can EVM vulnerabilities be used to game the Indian election?

The electoral process is undoubtedly one of the most important exercises of a democratic nation, and the rite of casting a vote is one of the most significant parts of this process. Around the world, stakeholders have repeatedly put into question the integrity and reliability of electronic voting solutions. In India, too, use and adoption […]

Is Aadhaar the only reason for cancellation of eSign Mandates?

The Supreme Court ruling scrapping Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act has had downstream impacts on Aadhaar-based technology solutions. Recently, the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) in a circular to its National Automated Clearing House (NACH) member banks announced discontinuation of Aadhaar eSign-based Mandates, citing the Supreme Court judgement. Digital lenders are upset as […]

What UIDAI doesn’t tell you about offline use of Aadhaar for KYC

After the Supreme Court of India struck down the use of Aadhaar by private entities in its recent judgement, UIDAI and lobbying houses have been promoting the offline use of Aadhaar. This article tries to help you understand offline Aadhaar from the perspectives of an Aadhaar holder and a private business using Aadhaar for customer […]

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