WikiLeaks report claims, US agency CIA may have access to Aadhaar data, Govt denies– WikiLeaks is a global non-benefit association that distributes mystery data, news breaks, and grouped media gave by unknown sources. Its site, started in 2006 in Iceland by the association Sunshine Press, guarantees a database of 10 million archives in a long time since its dispatch. Julian Assange, an Australian Internet extremist, is for the most part depicted as its originator, editorial manager in-boss, and executive.
A report published by a news magazine portal, GreatGameIndia News (GGI News) claimed that Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of USA have Aadhar Data. The report named as “WikiLeaks report” claimed that the company that provided devices to record biometric data for Aadhaar may have compromised the sensitive data.
More than 1.17 billion Aadhaar card holders are there in the country.
Julian Assange an Australian who founded WikiLeaks in 2006 said “United States intelligence agency CIA, is using tools devised by US-based technology provider Cross Match Technologies Inc. to cyber spy.”
Cross Match Technologies Inc. (CMT) is provider of biometric identity solutions. Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) certified Cross Match Technologies to provide biometric devices and machines to record the biometric data captured during the Aadhar card enrollments.
Cross Match Technologies Inc. have certification from UIDAI in 2011. CMT was one of the first suppliers of biometric devices for Aadhaar data collection.
WikiLeaks mentioned on its website that “The OTS (Office of Technical Services), a branch within the CIA, has a biometric collection system that is provided to liaison services around the world—with the expectation for sharing of the biometric takes collected on the systems. But this ‘voluntary sharing’ obviously does not work or is considered insufficient by the CIA, because ExpressLane is a covert information collection tool that is used by the CIA to secretly exfiltrate data collections from such systems provided to liaison services.”
According to WikiLeaks, the CIA conducts covert operations under the project name ‘ExpressLane’ to snoop on other services agencies.
However government denied form such claims.
Government officials said that “Data leak” is not possible. Because as vendors receive data the data in an encrypted format which is then transferred to Aadhaar servers.
Government officials also said “The reports do not have any basis in fact. Aadhaar data is safely encrypted and is not accessible to any other agency.”
WikiLeaks tweeted: “Has the CIA already stolen India’s #Aadhaar database?” linking to an article in GGI News article.
The government is in the process of drafting data protection legislation. Government has formed a group which is headed by former Supreme Court judge B.N. Srikrishna in this regard.
Incidentally, the report was distributed around the same time when the Supreme Court held that protection is an essential directly under the Constitution with sensible limitations, a historic point choice that could influence the exceptional recognizable proof program under which biometric information of residents is gathered.
The administration is likewise during the time spent drafting information insurance enactment and has delegated a specialist aggregate headed by previous Supreme Court judge B.N. Srikrishna.