1. Aadhaar card details leaked: Modi government’s big disclosure in Lok Sabha, says 210 websites found displaying personal information

Aadhaar card details leaked: Modi government’s big disclosure in Lok Sabha, says 210 websites found displaying personal information

About 210 websites of the central and state government departments were found to be displaying personal details and Aadhaar numbers of beneficiaries, Parliament was informed today.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: July 19, 2017 5:38 PM
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Minister of State for Electronics and IT, PP Chaudhary said about 210 websites of the central and state government departments were found to be displaying personal details and Aadhaar numbers of beneficiaries. UIDAI (The Unique Identification Authority of India) has taken note of the same and is regularly monitoring the status to get the Aadhaar data removed from the said websites, he said.

The monitoring came after “it was found that around 210 websites of Central Government, State Government Departments including educational institutes were displaying the list of beneficiaries along with their name, address and other details and Aadhaar numbers for information of general public.” There has been no leakage of Aadhaar data from the UIDAI, he added.

Chaudhary said that private players have not acquired any Aadhaar data including biometrics from the UIDAI, and sharing of Aadhaar information is done only with authorised agencies through secure applications after following well-established procedures and protocols.

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The sharing of Aadhaar information is regulated in terms of the Aadhaar (Sharing of Information) regulations 2016 framed under the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, Benefits and Services), Act 2016.

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“As on July 13, 2017, 123 schemes of various Central Ministries/Departments have been notified under Section 7 or 57 of Aadhaar Act, 2016. In respect of these schemes, Aadhaar number is necessary for the purpose of establishing identity of an individual to enable receipt of subsidies, benefits and services etc,” he added.

To another query, he said that the linkage of Aadhaar number with PAN (Permanent Account Number) database will allow a “robust way” of de-duplication as the former is based on biometric attributes of finger prints and iris images.

“Some instances were found where multiple PANs have been allotted to one person or one PAN has been alloted to multiple persons despite the application of de-duplication process based on demographic data,” he said.

Seeding of Aadhaar will allow weeding out any undetected duplicate PANs, he added.

PAN is the key identifier of taxable entity and aggregator of all financial transactions undertaken by the entity.

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    Reader
    Oct 11, 2017 at 10:57 am
    A centralized and inter-linked biometric database like Aadhaar will lead to profiling and self-censorship, endangering freedom. Personal data gathered under the Aadhaar program is prone to misuse and surveillance. Aadhaar project has created a vulnerability to identi-ty fraud, even identi-ty theft. Easy harvesting of biometrics traits and publicly-available Aadhaar numbers increase the risk of impersonation, especially online and banking fraud. Centralized databases can be hacked. Biometrics can be cloned, copied and reused. Thus, BIOMETRICS CAN BE FAKED. High-resolution cameras can capture your fingerprints and iris information from a distance. Every eye hospital will have iris images of its patients. So another person can clone your fingerprints and iris images without your knowledge, and the same can be used for authentication. If the Aadhaar scheme is NOT STOPPED by the Supreme Court, the biometric features of Indians will soon be cloned, misused, and even traded.
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      Reader
      Oct 11, 2017 at 10:57 am
      UK’s Biometric ID Database was dismantled. Why the United Kingdom's biometrics-linked National Identi-ty Card project to create a centralized register of sensitive information about residents similar to Aadhaar was scrapped in 2010?? The reasons were the massive threat posed to the privacy of people, the possibility of a surveillance state, the dangers of maintaining such a huge centralized repository of personal information, and the purposes it could be used for, and the dangers of such a centralized database being hacked. The other reasons were the unreliability of such a large-scale biometric verification processes, and the ethics of using biometric identification.
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        Reader
        Oct 11, 2017 at 10:56 am
        The US Social Security Number (SSN) card has NO BIOMETRIC DETAILS, no photograph, no physical description and no birth date. All it does is confirm that a particular number has been issued to a particular name. Instead, a driving license or state ID card is used as an identification for adults. The US government DOES NOT collect the biometric details of its own citizens for the purpose of issuing Social Security Number. The US collects the fingerprints of only those citizens who are involved in any criminal activity (it has nothing to do with SSN), and the citizens of other countries who come to the US.
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          Vishwas Patil
          Jul 19, 2017 at 9:15 pm
          Aadhar is essential and can be very effective for controlling crime and ensuring that social benefits reach needy and also can be a good tool for tax compliances. BUT is can be equally used for suppression of opposition. One's life can be made miserable. You cannot hid from a tyrant Govt. Govt. track you very easily. Bank acct blocked, hotel and travel made impossible and even telephone disconnected. Our judiciary is not an effective sa uard.
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            #AADHAARFAIL
            Jul 19, 2017 at 5:13 pm
            When your fingerprint gets stolen, printed and used for aadhaar pay, cloning SIM and changing bank password using OTP, your aadhaar devotion will vanish. Jai Hind. 1. 25 lakh families in Rajasthan are unable to withdraw ration even after seeding #AADHAARFAIL with their ration card. 2. #AADHAAR authentication does not work for half billion Indians. 3. AADHAAR authentication does not work even after updating bio-metrics and waiting for 90 days 4. AADHAAR bio-metrics can be stolen, printed and used for #AADHAAR pay 5. #AADHAAR does not work for NRIs, people outside India 6. AADHAR can not be generated if a person's fingerprint matches with someone else's with 60 percentage probability. 7. Rogue government can deactivate your #AADHAAR blocking ur gas, electricity, mobile, bank account 8. AADHAAR works for millions of illegals staying in India 9. AADHAAR is blocking subsidies for millions of legitimate people 10. Take 10 lakh insurance for each #AADHAAR failure case/delete
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              Vishwas Patil
              Jul 19, 2017 at 9:08 pm
              Agree
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