June 02, 2017

Centre Puts New Safeguards Following Cases Of Aadhaar Data Leaks On Its Websites


The Centre has started taking all security measures against the growing issues of base data leaks. The government has put in new safeguards following several cases of Aadhaar data leaks on its websites.

In this regard, ministries were asked to encrypt all Aadhaar data and personal financial details. Officials were also “sensitized” about legal consequences of data breach. Now, every government department will have one official responsible for Aadhaar data protection.

The ministry of electronics and information technology wrote to all departments on better data security. Aadhaar, a 12-digit unique identity number issued on the basis of biometric data, is linked to a person’s bank account and used by government agencies to directly transfer benefits of several social welfare schemes.

Senior officials said that all departments have been asked to immediately check the content on their websites so that it can be ascertained that personal data is not provided on it.

A set of 27 do’s and 9 don'ts has been circulated on data handling, including instructions on masking Aadhaar data and bank details as well as encrypting data. The government has mandated regular audits to check the safety of personal data.

The ministry stated in a letter that “It has come to notice there have been instances wherein personal identity or information of residents, along with Aadhaar numbers and demographic information, and other sensitive personal data ... have been published online.”

“They are able to get incredible agility and incredible scale and their quick response to trans in the marketplace. We aspire to be more like that and we have to be more agile,” it said.

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