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AP govt leaks mobile, Aadhaar and pregnancy info of 20,71,913 women

Researcher Srinivas Kodali has reported yet another leak of personal information from Andhra Pradesh government websites - this time of Eligible Couples, Pregnant Women and Children by the Nutrition and Health tracking system as well as the Reproductive and Child Health department. https://twitter.com/digitaldutta/status/990782623055163392 The data published on this site included Aadhaar numbers of women and it tracked their reproductive history from pregnancy to its conclusion - whether abortion, risk status, follow ups or birth. It also tracked the infants early years and vaccinations. The data can be publicly accessed as area wise lists, including the Aadhaar and mobile numbers of the people being tracked. The Nutrition and Health Tracking System also publishes similar data. The data entry manual for the Reproductive and Child Health Portal, published in the year 2015 (before the Aadhaar Act) describes the data collected by the "Mother and Child Tracking System". The women are identified through household surveys, regular identification by the ASHA between two household surveys and any new beneficiaries coming to Village Health and Nutrition Day (VHND) site directly. Alarmingly, from the document, it appears that all states seem to be implementing this system. MCTS has been implemented across the country and currently, all the States/UTs are reporting regularly on MCTS portal. That there is definitely tracking going on and it is intentional cannot be missed. Given the several previous leaks from Andhra Pradesh websites, including data of school children, the religion and caste geolocated data and MNREGA workers, which both contained Aadhaar numbers,…

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