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Another Aadhaar Data Leak: Just Google ‘Mera Aadhaar Meri Pehchan’


In yet another revelation that raises worries about the privacy of your Aadhaar data, it has been found that a simple Google search will lead you to the Aadhaar details of several individuals. These details, including their name, address, Aadhaar number, date of birth and photograph, have been made publicly accessible on the internet for no clear reason. Thankfully, the biometric details are not available.
Ironically enough, the Aadhaar tagline “Mera Aadhaar Meri Pehchan” is part of the search query that reveals the data.
The sites that have uploaded Aadhaar details of individuals for apparent public consumption include, among others:

The official government website of the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (www.incois.gov.in)

The official website of the All India Football Federation (www.the-aiff.com)

The website of a private company Starcards India (http://starcardsindia.com), a service provider of payment gateway service, mobile app development and mobile app design based in Hyderabad.

Here’s how easy it is to actually find the Aadhaar details of several people unknown to you.

Step 1: Google “mera aadhaar meri pehchan filetype:pdf

Step 2: Click on any of the multiple PDF files that show up on the search

Step 3: Click to download PDF

Step 4: Voila! Aadhaar details of random strangers are now saved on your desktop

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