23 Aug India’s ID Authority Sued for Data Leaks
The Unique Identification Authority of India, which is the country’s digital ID provider, is expected by an Indian high court to respond to a lawsuit which accuses it of failing to implement adequate security measures which led to data leaks.
The UIDAI, operator of world’s largest biometric database, had for months been busy fending off reports of leaks. Shamnad Basheer, the petitioner, said that the authority’s inability to secure the identity information of Aadhaaris is a serious and egregious violation of the fundamental right to privacy and dignity. Basheer also urged the court to task a panel of experts to investigate and quantify financial damages caused by the data leak.