Published: Mon, January 08, 2018
Research | By Derrick Holloway

Aadhaar leak: FIR filed against The Tribune, its reporter; EGI concerned

Aadhaar leak: FIR filed against The Tribune, its reporter; EGI concerned

UIDAI had defended the system's security protocols and rejected the report about the ease with which the system can be infiltrated and demographic data accessed.

In a statement, UIDAI said it was "duty bound to disclose all details of the case and name everyone who is an active participant in the chain of the events leading to commission of the crime.so that police can conduct proper investigation and bring the real culprit to justice". As UIDAI maintains complete logs and traceability of the facility, legal action including lodging of FIR against the persons involved in the case is being undertaken. "UIDAI respects Free Speech including the Freedom of Press and Media". "However, our act of filing an FIR with full details of the incident should not be viewed as targeting the media or the whistle-blowers or shooting the messenger". "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.

He also said: "Every Indian must condemn this mindless act of Modi government and UIDAI".

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Expressing serious concern over the FIR, the Editors Guild of India said, "It is clearly meant to browbeat a journalist whose investigation on the matter was of great public interest".

The organisation finds the "UIDAI's move extremely intimidatory, obstructionist and inimical to the pursuit of free, fair and independent journalism", it added.

The UIDAI tweeted, "In the 3 January report, Khaira claimed that access to any Aadhaar holder's details could be gained through a mere payment of Rs 500 via an anonymous service on WhatsApp". One can, not only access the personal details but can also easily crack the other details such as tax returns, and other professional details too.

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UIDAI has registered an FIR against Rachna Khaira, a reporter of The Tribune, in the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police and the correspondent has been booked under sections 419 (punishment for cheating under impersonation), 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery), 471 (using a forged document) of the Indian Penal Code apart from certain sections of the IT Act and the Aadhaar Act. The complaint said that wrote a misleading article against the Aadhaar ecosystem and also uploaded a video to substantiate his claims. "Aadhaar data is fully safe and secure and has robust, uncompromised security".

Delhi Police has filed an FIR in a matter related to newspaper report about the breach of data of more than one billion Aadhar cards.

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