“Therefore, there is no data leak, there is no systematic problem, but, if any one tries to be smart, the law ignites into action.” – Ravi Shankar Prasad, IT Minister, in the Rajya Sabha, on 10th April 2017 Details of around 130-135 million Aadhaar Numbers, and around 100 million bank numbers have been leaked online by just four government schemes alone: the National Social Assistance Programme, the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGA), Daily Online Payments Reports under NREGA (Govt of Andhra Pradesh), and the Chandranna Bima Scheme (Govt of Andhra Pradesh), as per a research report from the Centre for Internet and Society. Download the report here. While the data leaked differs across schemes, it could include information such as Name, Aadhaar Number, Bank Account Number, Father's/Husband's Name, Age, Gender, among other things. In other words, a spammer/scammer/phishing-entity's dream come true. The Aadhaar Number is a permanent irrevocable number which is being made mandatory, and is being forcibly linked to mobile numbers, bank accounts, tax filings, scholarships, pensions, rations, school admissions, health records and much much more, which thus puts more personal information at risk. The report estimates that given the scale of the data leaks (beyond these schemes), the number could be closer to around 230 million (23 crore), given that "Over 23 crore beneficiaries have been brought under Aadhaar programme for DBT (direct benefit transfer), and if a significant number of schemes have mishandled data in a similar way." This essentially means that personally identifiable information for almost 17% (assuming…
- Digital India bill to be released post elections: IT Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar says November 30, 2023
- How Will India’s Draft Broadcasting Services Regulation Bill Impact News Platforms? November 30, 2023
- Video: Briefing on the Impact of Draft Criminal Laws on the Digital Ecosystem November 30, 2023
- How Is Deepfake Regulation Linked To Platform Safe Harbour Provisions? November 30, 2023
- Final Call: Impact of Draft Criminal Laws on the Digital Ecosystem; Nov 30, 3:30 PM November 30, 2023
MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.
Factors like Indus not charging developers any commission for in-app payments and antitrust orders issued by India's competition regulator against Google could contribute to...
Is open-sourcing of AI, and the use cases that come with it, a good starting point to discuss the responsibility and liability of AI?...
RBI Deputy Governor Rabi Shankar called for self-regulation in the fintech sector, but here's why we disagree with his stance.
Straw man fallacy: IT Ministers’ defence of government exemptions in data protection law misses the point
Both the IT Minister and the IT Minister of State have chosen to avoid the actual concerns raised, and have instead defended against lesser...
The Central Board of Film Certification found power outside the Cinematograph Act and came to be known as the Censor Board. Are OTT self-regulating...
Please subscribe to MediaNama. Don't share prints and PDFs.
You May Also Like
Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...
135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...
Twitter takes down tweets from MP, MLA, editor criticising handling of pandemic upon government request
By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...