Here's How Aadhaar Card Has Brought Privacy Of 1.07 Billion Indians At Risk

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Here's How Aadhaar Card Has Brought Privacy Of 1.07 Billion Indians At Risk
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Aadhaar was introduced back in 2008 as the project which was destined to change the prospect of Indians. It came out as an optional program to help poor who were in need of daily products. After nine years, Aadhaar has become an integral part of citizens of India. 

Now Aadhar has moved a long way beyond helping the poor. The recent big move which government made with Aadhar was the introduction of Unified Payment Interface. UPI uses Aadhaar, with the help of which people can make person to person and e-commerce transactions easier.

The Government of India will also launch an Aadhaar based payment method by which people will be able to make fast operations with fingerprint sensors.

So some huge implications can be drawn from these policies. One that Aadhaar is no longer an optional program and other is that it is necessary for every Indian citizen to hold an Aadhaar card.

Aadhar today is making a tremendous impact on many lives, but some experts are doubtful about it. The primary concern which experts are facing is regarding the security of Aadhaar and billions of people who are using it. 

Let us see what are the issues associated with Aadhar which are making lives of people using it in jeopardy.

Fake entries in Aadhaar database.

Fake entries in Aadhaar database.

There have been several reports regarding false entries in Aadhaar's database. Many instances have occurred in which animals like dogs and cats have their Aadhar identification number. There also have been reports that Hindu Lord Hanuman has his Aadhaar card. Lol!

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So this means that there is no checking of the database.

So this means that there is no checking of the database.
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According to many security experts, lawyers and politicians, the Aadhaar database have never been verified or audited. So this has resulted in fake and bogus entries in the database, and the scope for Aadhaar abuse is vast.

"Aadhaar is a broken technology," Sunil Abraham, executive director of Centre for Internet and Society.

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According to Abraham, Aadhaar is a surveillance technology which is now used by the government as development intervention which identifies people. 

So does Unique Identification Authority of India not conform the security provisions?

So does Unique Identification Authority of India not conform the security provisions?
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Sunil also added that the current IT standards of security do not apply to the government. This means that government can hold an individual's data without any obligation to their rights.

The debate started when @India_Stack tweeted this controversial photo.

UIADI created India Stack, it is an infrastructure through which the government and private agencies can hold Aadhaar's database of individual identities. The picture is now removed by India Stack from their Twitter account.

Aadhaar does not use basic security principles.

Aadhaar does not use basic security principles.
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According to CIS experts, Aadhaar does not use security principle like cryptography which means that an unauthenticated person can access data. This is one of the major concerns in Aadhaar database. Even the government has not evaluated the security of Aadhaar from security standpoints.

So the security of 1 billion people is at risk.

So the security of 1 billion people is at risk.
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The government is daily passing laws and making Aadhaar mandatory. Recently, Aadhaar was made compulsory for students who wanted to appear in JEE and common engineering entrance exams.

So it is time for the government to implement some security features in Aadhaar and its database. That's all, folks!

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