On a shocking note, the latest research reveals that 135 million Aadhaar numbers leaked due to central government ministry’s irresponsible practices. In the past couple of months, many data leaks happen from various government and state government departments.
On Monday, the Centre for Internet and Society revealed this report after studying the four government databases. The four databases belong to the rural development ministry. These portals are National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP)’s dashboard and the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA).
The remaining two databases which deal with the Andhra Pradesh are the AP government’s NREGA portal and also the online dashboard of Chandranna Bima. Report author Amber Sinha and Srinivas Kodali states, “Based on these four portals, it is estimated that as many as 130-135 million Aadhaar numbers leaked.”
Taking the NSAP portal as an example, they proved that the dashboard has a list of pensioners and their personal identification numbers like bank account number and aadhaar numbers. This information is in public view, and if the modifications made from no login to login, anyone can get easily access to the details without any password.
It also states, “It is unclear what is the purpose of having a download option for data on NSAP website. It allows anyone to get download option for details like Beneficiary No., Name, Father’s/Husband’s Name, Gender, Age, Bank or Post Office Account No., Aadhaar Numbers for each area, district and state.”
With these leaks, the critical question that arises is whether these four government web portals are still leaking data or not. The report says that they have begun reviewing the portals and noticed that some of the pages which have personally identifiable information is under mask.
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