7.8 crore Aadhaar records from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana were found on the hard disks of IT Grids Pvt. Ltd, the firm which operates the Telugu Desam Party’s Sevamitra app. The Cyberabad police last week lodged a FIR against IT Grids’ management, based on a complaint filed by the UIDAI’s Hyderabad Regional Office. The complaint and FIR note that the IT Grids’ possession of extensive Aadhaar data likely meant that the data was sourced from either the Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR) or the State Resident Data Hub (SRDH). The investigation revealed that the structure and size of the database, and the fact that the database contained Aadhaar Enrolment IDs (EIDs), strengthened this suspicion. Further, forensic investigation by the Telangana State Forensic Science Laboratory (TSFSL) found that IT Grids’ stored Aadhaar data of crores of people on the AWS cloud. The FIR alleges that this may have possibly exposed sensitive Indian data and compromised national security. IT Grids, a company that consults for the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), has been in attention over the last month, when it came under investigation after a complaint by YSR Congress party against Sevamitra, a mobile app run by the TDP. Sevamitra was presumably used by the party for voter profiling and to allow booth-level workers to better understand voter preferences. (See copies of FIR against IT Grids', and the UIDAI's complaint at the bottom) IT Grids illegally accessed and used personal data of 7.8 crore people in AP and Telangana Filed by T…
7.8 crore Aadhaar records on IT Grids’ database; CIDR possibly breached, Aadhaar data stored on AWS servers
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