BEWARE, SOMEONE IS WATCHING
The debates between Aadhaar card and privacy rights have been making headlines every now and then, where privacy has been a key focus. Doesn’t our society lack enough privacy as it is?Are we ready for Big Brother (Aadhaar card) eavesdropping, controlling and manipulating every aspect of our personal lives?
There are heightened privacy concerns and questions over the security of biometric data in possession of the Unique Identification Authority Of India(UIDAI).Many have opined that it is an intrusive tool open to misuse by the Government or others. Another area of concern is that our country presently lacks cyber security norms and which , it would not be wrong to say, are almost non existential.
Aadhaar card is a convenience, no doubt about that as it’s a never-fail identification document that we need and provides a unique identity to avail Govt schemes. However, UIDAI guidelines are not only confusing but also contradictory. On one hand, it’s website says, ”Aadhaar number empowers residents of India with a unique identity and a digital platform to authenticate anytime, anywhere and is accepted as proof of identity of the cardholder for any purpose.” On the other hand , it says that Aadhaar number should not be shared with anyone.
While it says that biometric information is never shared, company like Reliance Jio is already collecting fingerprints of its customers to simplify the eKYC process which is nothing short of a 'privacy nightmare'.
Leakage of Aadhaar data of cricketer M S Dhoni made headlines, however, similar leakages of lesser known mortals have gone unnoticed.
A recent report by 'The Tribune' claims that it had gotten access to around a billion Aadhaar Numbers in 10 minutes by paying Rs500/- to an anonymous seller.
A few more security breaches which have surfaced are:
-Money in Bank accounts withdrawn fraudulently using Aadhaar data
-210 Govt.websites made Aadhaar data public.
-Water and sanitation ministry breached Aadhaar privacy.
-Aadhar details of over 6 million people leaked on a website managed by the Jharkhand Directorate of social security.
Hacking into databases for data is not very difficult for a person with the necessary motivation, skills and time. Systems are hack proof only until the first hack.
So what is one supposed to do in these confusing times and discussions? Is there any way to ensure that personal data is not misused? Well yes, there are a few weapons available to a cardholder in terms of certain actions which can protect his personal data . A mechanism exists under which a card holder can choose to block his Aadhaar card along with his demographic and biometric information if he wants to opt out of the UIDAI system.
Biometric data should be locked by the cardholder so that no one can access it and the same can be unlocked by following the process given in UIDAI website.
A cardholder must not give a photocopy of Aadhaar card in Physical/digital form and must not share his/her Aadhaar number.
If there’s no option but to produce a photocopy of Aadhaar card, the cardholder must write the purpose on it and must also self attest it.
After all, someone has rightly said BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY.
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