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Outcry in India after database breach probe includes reporter

Outcry in India after database breach probe includes reporter

The UIDAI in a statement had subsequently denied that any data breach was possible.

According to reports, UIDAI - the governing body that handles Aadhaar data - sent a letter to newspaper, demanding to know if the reporter could view fingerprints and iris details with Aadhaar number.

The authority's statement today said that FIR has been registered in Cyber Cell of Delhi Police for violations under various sections of Aadhaar Act, Indian Penal Code and IT Act. A report by Indian Express said that the FIR also named Anil Kumar, Sunil Kumar and Raj, all of whom were mentioned in The Tribune report as people Khaira contacted in the course of her reporting.

This was followed by a tweet on UIDAI's official account: "UIDAI is committed to the freedom of Press".

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We at The Tribune believe that our stories were in the nature of a legitimate journalistic exercise.

In its statement, the newspaper said: "My colleagues and I are grateful for expressions of support and solidarity from media organisations and journalists".

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)'s lodging of an FIR naming the Tribune in which news about the breach in the system was printed, and also the reporter who had filed the story, drew strong reactions from journalists' bodies, which condemned it as an "attack on the freedom of the press".

"It is clearly meant to browbeat a journalist whose investigation on the matter was of great public interest".

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The UIDAI cited the example of the Supreme Court's 2014 verdict in the Rajiv Prasad versus CBI case to state that a person's guilt or innocence is not asserted by the presence of their name in an FIR but only after a police probe and a trial.

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has filed a case against newspaper The Tribune and journalist Rachna Khaira over a news report that revealed how people could illegally access demographic data of individuals from UIDAI, media reports said.

The UIDAI said in a statement on Sunday that it respects freedom of press, adding that it was duty bound to name everyone involved in the incident, including the reporter.

After the report was published, the UIDAI said the "case appears to be an instance of misuse". These groups targeted over 3 lakh village-level enterprise (VLE) operators hired by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (ME&IT) under the Common Service Centres Scheme (CSCS) across India, offering them access to UIDAI data.

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