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The Aadhaar System, How Secure is it


The Government of India's Aadhaar project, an ambitious identity scheme of UIDAI, holds globally the most voluminous biometric database wherein a massive 111 crore Indian citizens from the aggregate 125 crore people are presently enrolled in the program. Indeed, with Aadhaar the government without difficulty disburses benefits to the masses most efficiently; however, there remains a question whether the government can ensure such a behemoth database's safety.


An unknown hacker asserting he is a security expert from France while his name is Elliot Alderson on twitter.com the micro-blogging website, yet again, March 13, 2018, tried to reveal security flaw on the websites of Indian government. Alderson who's a wary hacker as well as one cybersecurity engineer uploaded a few screenshots on twitter.com and posted one web address of a website belonging to the state government of Andhra Pradesh in attempts to show the way people's Aadhaar card scans and biometric data were publicly obtainable. Timesofindia.indiatimes.com posted this online dated March 14, 2018.


During the past few months, several investigative reports from the media disclosed Aadhaar's vulnerability and to the extent it existed. Nevertheless, rather than admit the weakness, UIDAI began creating problems for people with reports that Aadhaar database had been leaked. Other investigative reports stated that the nodal agencies of Aadhaar traded the database with entities of different professions. But truth is that Aadhaar database's security and safety are 100 percent intact, while there's been no UIDAI's breach or leakage of its data.


The latest fashionable phrase "Data is the new oil" incites strong fear in the minds of people that making a connection between Aadhaar and all other systems was likely to endanger the citizens' safety and identity. In 2017, The Economist had noted about database like one new commodity initiating one highly profitable, rapidly growing industry that encouraged suspicious regulators to intervene for stopping people who disturbed its working.


A 5-judge panel in the Supreme Court under the leadership of Chief Justice of India currently engages in listening to the Aadhaar problem every day. The Court now says Aadhaar linking can be done till an unfixed date.

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