Friday, Jul 10, 2020 | Last Update : 06:05 AM IST

107th Day Of Lockdown

Maharashtra2305991272599667 Tamil Nadu122350741671700 Delhi104864781993213 Gujarat38419273131994 Uttar Pradesh3115620331845 Telangana2953617279324 Karnataka2887711878471 West Bengal2482316291827 Andhra Pradesh2381412154277 Rajasthan2221216877489 Haryana1936414505287 Madhya Pradesh1634112232634 Assam14033872724 Bihar139789792109 Odisha11201740767 Jammu and Kashmir92615567149 Punjab71404945183 Kerala6535370828 Chhatisgarh3526283514 Uttarakhand3305267246 Jharkhand3192217022 Goa203912078 Tripura177313241 Manipur14357930 Puducherry120061916 Himachal Pradesh110182510 Nagaland6733030 Chandigarh5234037 Arunachal Pradesh2871092 Mizoram2031430 Sikkim134710 Meghalaya113451
  India   All India  11 Jan 2018  Data breach buzz orchestrated drive to malign Aadhaar: Nandan Nilekani

Data breach buzz orchestrated drive to malign Aadhaar: Nandan Nilekani

PTI
Published : Jan 11, 2018, 10:26 am IST
Updated : Jan 11, 2018, 10:33 am IST

Nilekani was reacting to the filing of an FIR on The Tribune newspaper report relating to the Aadhaar data breach.

Nandan Nilekani said, negative views on Aadhaar will have negative reactions and hence, it would be better for people to have a constructive view on it. (Photo: PTI)
 Nandan Nilekani said, negative views on Aadhaar will have negative reactions and hence, it would be better for people to have a constructive view on it. (Photo: PTI)

Bengaluru: Former Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) Chairman Nandan Nilekani said there was an "orchestrated campaign" to malign Aadhaar.

He was reacting to the filing of an FIR on The Tribune newspaper report relating to the Aadhaar data breach.

"There is hundred per cent an orchestrated campaign to see how Aadhaar gets maligned, yes absolutely," Nilekani told ET Now on the sidelines of the Infosys Science Foundation Award.

Delhi Police had on Monday registered the FIR on a complaint by an UIDAI official following the newspaper report on data breach of more than 1 billion Aadhaar cards, naming the journalist behind the story.

The police was informed by the official that the correspondent, posing as a buyer, had purchased a service being offered by anonymous sellers over WhatsApp that provided unrestricted access to details of Aadhaar numbers.

Nandan Nilekani said the issue has been blown out of proportion as Aadhaar has built far too many security layers and it is not possible to randomly pore it.

Further referring to the FIR filed in the Tribune case, he said negative views on Aadhaar will have negative reactions and hence, it would be better for people to have a constructive view on it.

"If you are just taking a negative view, and not a constructive view, then you also have other (negative) reactions. I think, everybody has to accept Aadhaar is here to stay," the former UIDAI chief said.

The Aadhaar is here to stay because as many as 119 crore people have it, 550 million have linked the numbers to their bank accounts and Rs 95,000 crore was transferred into DBT accounts, he added.

Nilekani said he was very confident of the Supreme Court upholding Aadhaar under the fundamental right of privacy because it meets the test of the law being proportionate and reasonable.

Replying to a query, he welcomed putting in place a two layer security to reinforce privacy protection for Aadhaar ID number holders by the UIDAI.

"I think this is a very significant announcement by UIDAI and in some sense it really makes the case against it go away," he said.

The former UIDAI chief said it has introduced a virtual identification for ID holders so that the actual number need not be shared by the people to authenticate their identity.

Simultaneously, it has further regulated the storage of Aadhaar numbers within various databases, he added.

Tags: uidai, nandan nilekani, orchestrated campaign, aadhaar maligning, the tribune newspaper, data breach buzz, aadhaar numbers
Location: India, Karnataka, Bengaluru