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The government authority in charge of India's billion-records-and-counting Aadhaar biometric identity database, the Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI), has suspended 5,000 officials from accessing the system.
As we reported yesterday, a journalist for the country's Tribune newspaper wrote of her ability to access Aadhaar records for 500 rupees (US$8.75). The UIDAI responded by including the journalist, Rachna Khaira, in a criminal complaint.
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At the time, it was unclear whether access to the system was offered by hackers who had compromised the system, or insiders misusing their accounts to set up Aadhaar gateways for those who could pay.
An unnamed UIDAI officer has now told The Economic Times that “all the privileges given to designated officers for access have been immediately withdrawn”.
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The Economic Times also reported that access has been overhauled so that the Aadhaar system can only be accessed if the user has the biometric identifier of the individual whose data is being verified.
Under the previous system, Aadhaar staff could open an individual's file with their 12-digit ID number, a design that facilitated managing the 500,000 daily requests for changes to individuals' details.
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