According to the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), details for Aadhaar system were displayed on 210 government websites.
The state government websites publicly displayed personal details such as names and addresses of Aadhaar users.
The Aadhaar system is the world’s largest biometric ID system, with over 1.123 billion enrolled members as of 28 February 2017.
The role of the system is crucial for both authenticating and authorizing transactions and is a pillar of the Indian UID (unique identification database).
The Aadhaar issuing body confirmed that the data was removed from the websites just after the data breach was noticed, but it did provide further details on the alleged hack.
Even if the UIDAI never publicly disclosed Aadhaar details public, more than 200 websites of central government and state government departments, were displaying the list of beneficiaries along with their name, address, other details and Aadhaar numbers.
“Though the UIDAI never made Aadhaar details public, 210 websites of central government and state government departments including educational institutes were displaying the list of beneficiaries along with their name, address, other details and Aadhaar numbers of general public.” reported the IndiaToday website.
The Aadhaar architecture has been designed to ensure the data security and privacy.
“Various policies and procedures have been defined, these are reviewed and updated continually thereby appropriately controlling and monitoring any movement of people, material and data in and out of UIDAI premises, particularly the data centres,” the UIDAI said.
The UIDAI confirmed that the security audits are conducted on a regular basis to improve the security and privacy of data, it confirmed the efforts to make the data safer and protected.
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