The Delhi High Court on Tuesday sought response of the Centre and other authorities on a plea raising concerns about Aadhaar data security and privacy of individuals in the wake of several reported leaks of personal information of people from the Unique Identification Authority of India’s (UIDAI) database.
A bench of Justice S Ravindra Bhat and Justice Anu Malhotra also issued notice to the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), Union of India, National Informatics Centre and Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and directed them to file their responses. The bench said the affidavit be placed before the next date of hearing on November 19.
The petitioner, Kerala-based lawyer Shamnad Basheer, has alleged in his plea that there were several breaches of the Aadhaar system leading to leakage of personal information of individuals since January this year and contended that UIDAI and the Centre were liable to compensate people whose data was compromised.
Referring to one such breach, the plea said a media house had managed to gain access to the entire database by paying a sum of Rs 500. It said the breach, which was acknowledged by UIDAI and later led to the lodging of a criminal case against those involved, was a result of a leak of the “access control” given to some individuals.
The petition has contended that the breaches occurred due to the “negligence and willful recklessness” on the part of UIDAI to adopt reasonable security measures to secure the private information.
The plea further seeks setting up of an independent investigative committee to probe and audit all security and privacy breaches of the Aadhaar database.