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  1. MP Sukhendu Shekhar Roy claims over 130 million Aadhaar database leaked from government websites

MP Sukhendu Shekhar Roy claims over 130 million Aadhaar database leaked from government websites

Raising the matter during the Zero Hour, Sukhendu Shekhar Roy claimed that in recent months, over 130 million Aadhaar database has been leaked from government websites.

By: | New Delhi | Published: December 19, 2017 6:53 PM
sukhendhu shekhar roy, aadhaar database, aadhaar card, government website, data leaks, government data leak He said the Wikileaks had indicated that the CIA had allegedly accessed the sensitive biometric data from the Aadhaar card database. (Express photo)

Raising the matter during the Zero Hour, Sukhendu Shekhar Roy claimed that in recent months, over 130 million Aadhaar database has been leaked from government websites. He said the Wikileaks had indicated that the CIA had allegedly accessed the sensitive biometric data from the Aadhaar card database. A TMC member in Rajya Sabha today made a case for a new legislation to ensure safety of the database of all citizens and said the Aadhaar Card should not be made mandatory till that time. “This national ID becomes especially problematic when it is linked to external non-governmental database such as mobile numbers and is used to share personal data with mobile operators,” Roy said. Even the government and intelligence authorities do not necessarily have the capacity to monitor the security practices of third parties, he said. “In such a situation, we strongly feel against the linking of Aadhaar Card with everything — bank accounts, mobile numbers, health cards and other cards,” the senior TMC member said. He said when the Supreme Court has ruled that the right to privacy was a fundamental right, “I urge upon the government that a new legislation should be enacted to secure and ensure the safety of the database of the citizens”. Till such time, the Aadhaar Card should not be made mandatory, he added.

In his Zero Hour mention, Ram Kumar Kashyap (INLD) demanded the status of martyrs for Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Rajguru and Chandrashekhar. He referred to a report according to which Pakistan has accorded the status of martyr to Bhagat Singh. Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu suggested to the Law Minister to discuss the matter with the Minister of Culture and then give some clarification “because a wrong message is going”. “I also felt concerned when I read about it in newspapers. I don’t know the full facts,” he said. In his response, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad “all of us” have deep commitment to the supreme sacrifice of Bhagat Singh. “A particular fact has been brought to our notice…Our government is fully dedicated to give all the respect to the supreme sacrifice of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and others,” the minister said. Raising another issue, K V P Ramachandra Rao (Cong) asked the government to withdraw the decision of complete disinvestment of Dredging Corporation of India (DCI).

The decision of the Cabinet to completely sell the DCI to private operators not only creates a monopoly of the private operators in the dredging sector but also becomes a threat to the nation’s security, he added. Rewati Raman Singh (SP) highlighted the plight of potato farmers in Uttar Pradesh. Massive production of the kitchen staple has led to steep decline in its prices. The SP member said potato was sold for 20-25 paise a kilogram.

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  1. R
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    Dec 19, 2017 at 7:29 pm
    A centralized and inter-linked biometric database like Aadhaar will lead to profiling and self-censorship. 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. 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. If the biometric details of a person are COMPROMISED ONCE, then even a new Aadhaar card will not help that person.
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    1. R
      Reader
      Dec 19, 2017 at 7:28 pm
      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, the dangers of such a centralized database being hacked, and the unreliability of such large-scale biometric verification processes. The Aadhaar program was designed in 2009 by mainly considering the 'Identi-ty Cards Act 2006' of UK, but the UK stopped that project in 2010, whereas India continued with the biometrics-based program. We must think why the United Kingdom abandoned their project and destroyed the data collected. (Google: 'Identi-ty Cards Act 2006' and 'Identi-ty Documents Act 2010' )
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      1. R
        Reader
        Dec 19, 2017 at 7:26 pm
        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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