While arguing for the central government’s stand on Aadhaar case at the Supreme Court, the Attorney General (Now, Former) Mukul Rohatgi had once stated, “The arguments on so-called privacy and bodily intrusion are bogus.”
In line with the same argument, it appears that the government is least bothered about the people’s privacy and their data. Despite the repeated clarifications issued by the Government of India, the privacy concerns over Aadhaar leaks remained a major concern. In a recent report by The Tribune, some unidentified groups were found selling the Aadhaar data of over one billion people at just $7.88 (INR 500).
The link shared by these unidentified group on WhatsApp provided the login and password details to access all the necessary details of one billion Indians. One just needed to enter the Aadhaar number, and bang! It showed the rest of the details, claims the report.
After paying $4.73 more, the group even shared the entire Aadhaar software which one needs to print one’s Aadhaar details.
This is not the first-ever Aadhaar leak. The Aadhaar details have been leaking all over. It has already been widely reported that how Aadhaar data of 130 Mn people were compromised; how Jharkhand government. had accidentally leaked more than 1 Mn Aadhaar records of pensioners. Also, how various Common Service Centres across the country were involved in leaking the information, right from the collection to storage, accuracy and use of Aadhaar data.
With a database of over one billion Indians, Aadhaar is the largest biometric programme in the world, and so is this database leak.