Aadhaar used or misused? There is a way to track where your Aadhaar number was used

Aadhaar tracking

Your Aadhaar card is perhaps the most important piece of personal document in India today. The 12-digit unique identification number on it is increasingly being made mandatory in a number of areas including linking it to your mobile number, PAN and bank account(s) among other things. Its importance also makes it a target for misuse and one should make sure nobody else is using for nefarious purposes. To help you do that, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has now introduced an option on its website that allows you…

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Your Aadhaar number on sale for Rs 500, all Aadhaar-linked details of 1 billion Indians leaked

Aadhaar Data Breach

Your Aadhaar card will soon become your biggest and most important personal identification document, if it hasn’t already. With all the various institutions like banks and telecom service providers now requiring you to link your Aadhaar details, your 12-digit unique ID number is now of high value, which naturally makes it a prime target for hackers. After UIDAI recently assured people in India that their “Aadhaar data is fully safe and secure,” a new report has revealed that anonymous sellers on WhatsApp are selling Aadhaar details of over a billion…

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Edward Snowden says reporter who exposed Aadhaar ‘breach’ deserves an award

Edward Snowden

American whistleblower Edward Snowden on Tuesday came out in support of a national daily reporter, who has been booked for exposing alleged flaws in Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) system. The Tribune newspaper had reported last week that its journalist was able to track down people offering access to the Aadhaar data for Rs 500. On January 7, the UIDAI filed a case against the journalist and three others named in her report, leading to widespread criticism. Taking to Twitter, Snowden said instead of an investigation, the journalist needed to be…

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