10 Jan Journalist Faces Police Complaint After Exposing Aadhaar Breach
An Indian journalist named Rachna Khaira is now facing a police complaint filed by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) for writing an article which publicized a possible security breach of India’s biggest biometric database.
Khaira’s investigation, which was published on the Tribune newspaper, created an outcry as it meant that the personal information, including addresses, emails, and phone numbers, of approximately 1 billion citizens may have been compromised.
However, a statement from India’s Minister of Law Ravi Shankar Prasad suggested that the government may not have agreed with the UIDAI’s brash move. In a tweet, Prasad said: “Govt. is fully committed to freedom of Press as well as to maintaining security & sanctity of #Aadhaar for India’s development. FIR is against unknown. I’ve suggested @UIDAI to request Tribune & it’s journalist to give all assistance to police in investigating real offenders.”
Source: Washington Post