A Jharkhand based government web system leaked personal information and Aadhaar numbers of about 1,66,000 government employees in India. A lapse of security led to this Aadhaar data leak.
This web system was used to record employee attendance. It was left without a password, since 2014. This led to letting go of Aadhaar numbers, names, job titles and phone numbers of Jharkhand government employees on the internet.
The system had an almost non existent wall of privacy to protect the interests of the employees. The site could be easily found on a subdomain of the state government’s website.
The data leak did not occur by directly breaching the central database run by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). But, it still does display the extreme irresponsibility of the authority when it comes to data security.
Last year, around half-a-dozen people had died of starvation in Jharkhand. This was because the Public Distribution System (PDS) shops refused to give them ration for not having an Aadhaar card.
Nowadays, Aadhaar is an important part of an Indian citizen’s life. This system is linked to all services now, from banking to telephoning. Aadhaar card holders have to use their Aadhaar card number and fingerprint to get a new SIM card. They also need it to open a bank account, to get their voter ID cards and other such services.
The Jharkhand Government and UIDAI have still maintained silence over the Aadhaar data leak matter.