Aadhaar Database in Trouble? 65% Indians Believe It Might Be...

India Ka Pulse on internet safety of Aadhaar

Aadhaar Database in Trouble? 65% Indians Believe It Might Be...
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Only yesterday, we heard about Twitter accounts of Anupam Kher, Kiran Bedi, MP Swapan Dasgupta, BJP's Ram Madhav being hacked by the Turkish Cyber Army. The irony is that it happened on Safer Internet Day

This brings to mind the Aadhaar debate, which has been a hot topic in recent times. We all have read about the data breach at the start of the year. News reports all across the country were talking about the data from the Aadhaar database being available for mere 500 rupees. Despite the assurance of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) regarding the safety of data, the public is losing faith in the very concept of Aadhaar. After all, it is a single database for all individuals' details.

Aadhaar database is linked to every personal detail of an individual. You cannot even get a new SIM card without linking Aadhaar. From your bank account details to ration card, everything is connected. And it is all on the Internet! But is anything really safe on the Internet?! 

Let's take a look...

India's opinion?

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To know #IndiaKaPulse on this topic, we asked the Indian youth its opinion.

65% people think it is NOT SAFE

65% people think it is NOT SAFE

Out of 39,000+ people that participated in the survey, only 19% people seemed to be sure that their data is secure. Around 11% think linking Aadhaar with other personal documents should be optional. And around 65% of people are concerned about the safety of Aadhaar database. 

Are they right?

Aadhaar database for ₹500.

Aadhaar database for ₹500.
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A report in The Tribune stated they were able to 'purchase' and access the database of more than 1 billion Aadhaar numbers available in India. This was sold anonymously on WhatsApp for ₹500. Even UIDAI seemed to be shocked about such availability of the entire database online by a third party. Shouldn't we be concerned?

Edward Snowden also speaks up.

He says Aadhaar card linking should be criminalised.

Snowden, the former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee is known for leaking classified information from the National Security Agency. He basically told people how all customers' records were being checked, how NSA spies on foreign countries and world leaders etc. He has been living in asylum in Russia ever since 2013 after revealing all that information so that the public knows what the government has been up to.

Here are some of the comments from Indians about Aadhaar:

We aren't working on the safety.

So many breaches!

We might not be wrong in having such concerns. Look at what happened in the United States 3 years ago:

Data breach at United States OPM

Data breach at United States OPM
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The United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) had announced in 2015 that it had been a target of a data breach. Records of more than 22 million people were compromised. The breach had started in 2012 and was detected in 2014. 

Imagine what would happen if something similar happened in India? Especially when we are hearing about all the problems that Aadhaar is facing. 

Only time will tell...

Sources: Twitter hack, OPM

That is all for now.

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