UIDAI files FIR against The Tribune and Journalist Rachna Khaira
On 3rd January The Tribune Published a news report claiming a breach in Adhaar data which can compromise the privacy of more than a billion Indians. After which Unique Identification Authority of India UIDAI has registered an FIR against the news daily and journalist Rachna Khaira.
In the Report Tribune had claimed that it just took Rs.500 and 10 minutes for the newspaper to get an access to the personal information of any individual submitted to UIDAI. This information includes name, phone number, email, address, photo, and postal code. And with just Rs. 300 more the “agent” provided software using which one can print Aadhaar card after entering Aadhaar number of any individual.
According to The Indian Express report, an unnamed deputy director has filed an FIR under Indian Penal Code Sections 420 (cheating), 419 (punishment for cheating by impersonation), 468 (forgery) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document) against the accused.
The Tribune reacting to the FIR filed against Rachna Khaira released a statement saying Khaira’s investigation was “legitimate journalistic exercise”
UIDAI denying the breach of Aadhaar data said, The Aadhaar data is fully safe and secure. UIDAI also released a statement that all the data is secured with “robust uncompromised security”.
United States whistleblower Edward Snowden said that the journalists who expose such leaks must be rewarded not investigated. Edward Snowden Twitted, “The journalists exposing the #Aadhaar breach deserve an award, not an investigation. If the government were truly concerned for justice, they would be reforming the policies that destroyed the privacy a billion Indians. Want to arrest those responsible? They are called @UIDAI.”
Rachna Khaira said on Monday that she has just revealed “the tip of the iceberg” in her report and there was “much more to come” based on her investigation.