According to The Tribune, in a recent twist of events a private operator working at an Aadhaar counter at the District Administration Complex in Jalandhar was found to have saved over 921 e-copies of Aadhaar cards in his personal laptop.
When asked , the operator said that he HAD to save it on his laptop as he did not have the facility to print Aadhaar cards at his counter. Worse, the password to open an Aadhaar pdf document in which the details are stored is universal and contains the first four letters of the name and the birth year of the applicant. The operator also said that they “usually name the files by their passwords.”
This is in clear violation of the Aadhaar Act 2016 and gives rise to a huge risk of identity theft.
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This is yet another example of the fact that “AADHAAR is only as secure as its weakest link” – which in this case is the operator.