While the central government continues to push for the importance and necessity of linking every personal detail to AAdhar, the horrifying incidences of weak UIDAI security continue to be a nightmare for the citizens.
After multiple reports of Aadhaar details leaking out in the public, the latest is a case of the details were up for sale.
According to The Turbine India, anonymous sellers over WhatsApp are providing unrestricted access to details for any of the more than 1 billion Aadhaar numbers created in India thus far. Reportedly, for an exchange of a mere Rs 500 over Paytm, “agents” create a “gateway” and pass on login ID and passwords.
You could enter any Aadhaar number in the portal and instantly get all particulars that an individual may have submitted to the UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India), including name, address, postal code (PIN), photo, phone number and email.
In response, the UIDAI, in a statement, said:
“UIDAI has given the said search facility for the purpose of grievance redressal to the designated personnel and state government officials to help residents only by entering their Aadhaar number/EID. UIDAI maintains complete log and traceability of the facility and any misuse can be traced and appropriate action can be taken.”
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UIDAI is claiming they can trace how this access was given and will take legal action against those involved. The agency also claims this “grievance redressal search facility gives only limited access to the name and other details and has no access to biometric details.”
As per first level investigations, this racket is believed to have started around six months ago, when some anonymous groups were created on WhatsApp, “These groups targeted over 3 lakh village-level enterprise (VLE) operators hired by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (ME&IT) under the Common Service Centres Scheme (CSCS) across India, offering them access to UIDAI data.” Jindal said all of this could be confirmed only after a technical investigation was conducted by the UIDAI.
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