For years, I have posted analyses and critiques of India’s Aadhaar identification system. In recent years the reports of breaches involving the data have increased somewhat, but each time the government has either denied or down-played the significance of any incident.
There’s been another one, it seems. So when I saw a rash of media reports claiming that anyone could pretty much buy someone’s details and biometric data online, I just waited to see what would happen next. Sure enough, the government has refuted the media claims. BusinessToday.in reports:
Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Thursday dismissed a media report which claimed that anonymous people were selling details of a billion Aadhaar Card account holders over WhatsApp groups for just Rs 500.
According to a statement issued today, the UIDAI has suggested it’s a case of misuse of the grievance redressal search facility at the disposal of designated personnel and state government officials.
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