Aadhaar information available for misuse and abuse, says American whistleblower Edward Snowden

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Just a day following the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) denied that there was any breach of the Aadhaar database, American whistleblower Edward Snowden said that the Aadhaar database conceived and introduced by the Indian government can also be misused and abused on Friday. Snowden retweeted CBS journalist Zack Whittaker’s response on a BuzzFeed report on the breach of Aadhaar database in India and said that “It is the natural tendency of government to desire perfect records of private lives. History shows that no matter the laws, the result is abuse”.

“ICYMI. India has a national ID database with the private information of nearly 1.2 billion nationals. It’s reportedly been breached. Admin accounts can be made and access can be sold to the database, reports BuzzFeed,” Whittaker had earlier said. On Thursday, the UIDAI said that the Aadhaar information including biometric data is purely safe and secure. It described The Tribune report titled ‘Rs 500, 10 minutes, and you have access to billion Aadhaar details’ a case of misreporting. The UIDAI said in a statement that “There has not been any Aadhaar data breach. The Aadhaar data including biometric information is fully safe and secure”.

This thing came when the matter in Supreme Court is all set to begin the final hearing of petitions challenging the legality of Aadhaar programme based on privacy concerns on January 17. The apex court said that privacy is a fundamental right under the Constitution of India in August 2017.

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