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Tribune report: UIDAI restricts access to Aadhaar data following alleged breach

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The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has reportedly restricted the access of about 5,000 officials to the Aadhaar portal after a January 4 report on the Tribune said demographic details of those enrolled in the system were available for as little as Rs 500. The Economic Times reports, “All the privileges given to designated officers for access have been immediately withdrawn,” said a top government official who didn’t want to be named. UIDAI has overhauled its system to enable access only by entering the biometrics of the person whose details were sought to be verified. According to The Tribune's original investigation Rs 500 was enough to get an administrator-level login ID and password, that allowed unfettered access to all Aadhaar data with the exception of biometrics. Under the earlier system, state governments had authorised certain officials — both government…

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