Published: Mon, January 08, 2018
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

FIR filed against Tribune over report on Aadhaar 'data breach'

FIR filed against Tribune over report on Aadhaar 'data breach'

India previous year slipped three places to 136th in the World Press Freedom Index of 180 nations, compiled by Reporters Without Borders.

The Editors Guild of India condemned UIDAI's action, saying it was created to "browbeat a journalist". "It is unfair, unjustified and a direct attack on the freedom of the press", the guild said.

The Tribune editor-in chief, Harish Khare, said the newspaper would explore all legal options "open to us to defend our freedom to undertake serious investigative journalism". "The Unique Identity architecture was purely designed to create a right to obtain a unique identity, enrolment process for demographic and biometric information so that welfare schemes can be more inclusive and there is no leakage, but the Modi government's sheer highhandedness and brazen attitude towards Aadhaar, coupled with an underlining motive to use the data for citizen surveillance, is defeating that very objective", she said.

The FIR also names Anil Kumar, Sunil Kumar and Raj, all of whom were mentioned in The Tribune report as people Khaira contacted in the course of her reporting. The person said he had provided access to the Aadhaar database to seven other people besides the Tribune reporter for Rs 500 each. Once paid, the "agent" then gave the reporters a username and password that allowed them to enter any Aadhaar number into the UIDAI website and gain access to the personal information of almost 1.2 billion citizens enrolled in the government database. Also, there were reports of how various Common Service Centres across the country were involved in leaking the information, right from the collection to storage, accuracy and the use of Aadhaar data.

"UIDAI maintains complete log and traceability of the facility and any misuse can be traced and appropriate action taken".

After the report was published, the UIDAI said the "case appears to be an instance of misuse".

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January 05 (ANI): A day after the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) denied that there was any breach of the Aadhaar database, American whistleblower Edward Snowden said on Friday that the Aadhaar database conceived and introduced by the Indian government can also be misused and abused.

Delhi police have drawn up an FIR against "unknown" persons on the complaint filed by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the statutory body which issues the Aadhaar numbers and is attached to the Union ministry of electronics and information technology. The complaint said that wrote a misleading article against the Aadhaar ecosystem and also uploaded a video to substantiate his claims.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Alok Kumar confirmed that an FIR had been registered and an investigation launched, reported The Indian Express on Sunday.

Edward Snowden, the man who blew the whistle on the US National Security Agency's global surveillance programme, sees India's Aadhaar system as "abuse" that is an outcome of the natural tendency of governments to keep tabs on citizens.

Whistleblower Edward Snowden, who famously leaked thousands of classified documents revealing the extent of mass surveillance programmes in the USA and United Kingdom, also weighed in on India's Aadhaar system.

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