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Breach of Citizens’ Trust

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We, the undersigned, fully support the initiative taken by the Jalandhar-based Tribune staff correspondent Rachna Khaira to expose the loopholes in the security of Aadhaar data. The failure on the part of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and the central government to secure the personal data of its citizens is not only a highly deplorable act, but also a breach of the trust of the people, who, trusting the system, have faithfully given their personal details to the government agencies concerned.

Instead of honestly admitting the lapses in maintaining the security of the data, the UIDAI has adopted a path of confrontation, by registering a first information report (FIR) in the case, without considering the fact that it was an honest endeavour on the part of the Tribune correspondent to highlight the vulnerabilities in the Aadhaar safeguards.

Obviously, the registration of an FIR in this exposé is a highly condemnable act of the UIDAI. It amounts to the bullying of media persons who discharge their duties in public interest. The FIR should be immediately revoked. At the same time, the UIDAI and the central government should admit that there exist glaring loopholes in the security of Aadhaar data that need to be resolved at the earliest.

We, the undersigned, express our solidarity with the Tribune on the Aadhaar issue, and commend the manner in which it has exposed and highlighted the unrestricted availability of Aadhaar data—about whose invulnerability tall claims were made by the concerned government authorities—at a cheap price.

R S Cheema, Sucha Singh Gill, Sarabjit Singh Dhaliwal,

Gobind Thukral,

R S Ghuman,

Biranderpal Singh,

Kanwaljit Kaur Gill,

H S Mehta,

Swaranjit K Mehta,

Harinder Kaur,

Krishan Chand

Chandigarh and Patiala

Updated On : 12th Jan, 2018

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