Edward Snowden tweets on Aadhaar data breech, says journo exposing leak merits award, not probe

American whistleblower Edward Snowden on Tuesday said the Indian journalist, whose report on alleged Aadhaar data breach has led to lodging of an FIR, merits an award

PTI January 09, 2018 17:18:03 IST
Edward Snowden tweets on Aadhaar data breech, says journo exposing leak merits award, not probe

London: American whistleblower Edward Snowden on Tuesday said the Indian journalist, whose report on alleged Aadhaar data breach has led to lodging of an FIR, merits an award and not a government probe for the work. Snowden, a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee who blew the lid off US surveillance on phone and internet communications, also said the Indian government should reform its policy to safeguard privacy of its citizens.

Aadhaar is a 12 digit unique-identity number issued to all Indian residents based on their biometric and demographic data. The data is collected by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), a statutory authority.

The Delhi Police has registered an "open-ended" First Information Report (FIR) on a complaint from UIDAI over the report on alleged data breach.

"It is the natural tendency of government to desire perfect records of private lives. History shows that no matter the laws, the result is abuse," Snowden, 34, living in asylum in Russia since 2013, tweeted in context of the Aadhaar issue. The police probe in the Aadhaar data breach story had attracted strong criticism from various media organisations and bodies, including The Editors Guild of India which sought withdrawal of the case.

The Indian government on Monday said the FIR was filed against "unknown" accused and stressed that it was committed to "freedom of press" as well as to "maintaining security & sanctity of Aadhaar".

Information and Technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had tweeted that the FIR was "against unknown". The UIDAI also said that it was committed to the freedom of the press and will approach the newspaper and its reporter for cooperation in the investigation of alleged data breach.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Supreme Court to deliver judgment today on pleas seeking review of verdict upholding Aadhaar validity
India

Supreme Court to deliver judgment today on pleas seeking review of verdict upholding Aadhaar validity

In a 4-1 verdict that also quashed some contentious provisions of the Aadhaar Act, the top court had in September 2018 upheld the passage of the Aadhaar Bill as Money Bill in Lok Sabha

Parliamentary panel examining Personal Data Protection Bill recommends 89 changes, says Meenakshi Lekhi
India

Parliamentary panel examining Personal Data Protection Bill recommends 89 changes, says Meenakshi Lekhi

The bill was drafted following a Supreme Court judgment in August 2017 that declared 'Right to Privacy' a fundamental right

Delhi riots case: Umar Khalid claims chargesheet leaked to media, says 'vicious campaign' run against him
India

Delhi riots case: Umar Khalid claims chargesheet leaked to media, says 'vicious campaign' run against him

Khalid said that his lawyers hadn't received a copy of chargesheet till 4 Jan, but that the media had reported on Delhi Police's charge of conspiracy against him in the last week of December 2020