Aadhaar details Published over 200 Government Websites

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Sunday has divulged that more than 200 central and state government websites have published the names and addresses of some Aadhaar beneficiaries.

The official said, “However, it was found that approximately 210 websites of the central government, state government departments including educational institutes were displaying the list of beneficiaries along with their name, address, other details and Aadhaar numbers for information of general public”.

In response to an RTI query, the Aadhar issuing body confirmed the breach but didn't disclose when it took place. However, the official said that the data of all victims from those websites after the breach was noticed.

The UIDAI further stated, “UIDAI has a well-designed, multi-layer approach robust security system in place and the same is being constantly upgraded to maintain the highest level of data security and integrity.”

"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 centers," the UIDAI said.

According to the Aadhar authority, they regularly conduct security audits to strengthen security and privacy of data.  Besides this, they ensure all possible steps are taken to make the data safer and protected.
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