"A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all. They’ll never know what it means to have a private moment to themselves -- an unrecorded, unanalyzed thought," Snowden said. "And that’s a problem, because privacy matters; privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be."
"Recently we learned that our governments, working in concert, have created a system of worldwide system of mass surveillance watching everything we do," Snowden said in a prerecorded address aired Wednesday on Britain's Channel 4. "Great Britain’s George Orwell warned us of the danger of this kind of information. The types of collection in the book -– microphones and video cameras, TVs that watch us –- are nothing compared to what we have available today."
The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) declined information sought by a researcher under the Right to Information (RTI) Act stating that proof of citizenship, such as Aadhaar, voter’s identity, ration card etc had to be submitted
However, in this case, the petitioner has an Indian name and the address was local and verifiable, since it belonged to a reputed organisation handling public issues.
If the educated Government official "District Environmental Engineer" thinks that Aadhaar is proof of citizenship then what about the rest of people?In a 2018 case, the Chief Information Commissioner had penalised a PIO of Housing and Urban Development Corporation for demanding Aadhaar card for providing information and ruled that he couldn’t “invent” new grounds to deny information.