‘TDP govt helped IT Grids gain access to Aadhaar data’

The UIDAI officials, who took a serious note of alleged access of Aadhaar data by the IT Grids Company suspect the involvement of upper echelons of the party in this.

By Author  |  Published: 16th Apr 2019  12:04 amUpdated: 16th Apr 2019  1:13 am
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Hyderabad: IT Grids (India) Private Limited, which is involved in data theft case, may have ‘accessed’ Aadhaar data that was reportedly obtained by the TDP government in Andhra Pradesh for implementing various welfare schemes.

The company also may have used the same data for TDP’s Seva Mitra app. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) officials, who took a serious note of alleged access of Aadhaar data by the IT Grids Company suspect the involvement of upper echelons of the party in this.

Before the enactment of Aadhaar Act in 2016, there was only an executive order. The UIDAI used to share the data when any State government came up with a request. When AP government got the data, IT Grids could have accessed it using its clout, an UIDAI official said.

“We have foolproof mechanism to protect the data and there is no question of the data being accessed by outsiders,” the official explained.

SIT communication

UIDAI officials were surprised when they received a communication from Special Investigation Team (SIT), which is probing the data theft case, on March 15 informing that the Seva Mitra app was suspected to be using stolen voter information along with Aadhaar data of the State governments of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh for voter profiling. The information was also used for the targeted campaigning and even deletion of votes.

“It is up to the police to probe into the mechanism adopted by IT Grids Company in accessing the data,” the official said.

He added that the SIT has already started investigation after a complaint was lodged by UIDAI Deputy Director T. Bhavani Prasad. A detailed analysis of information in hard disks that were seized by the SIT from the company office in Madhapur could provide crucial leads to investigators.

In the complaint, Prasad said the company accessed a whopping 7.82 crore records of Aadhaar data of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh for the purpose of TDP’s Seva Mitra app.

 

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