CIA targeting the Aadhaar database? Government rubbishes report

CIA targeting the Aadhaar database? Government rubbishes report

US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is trying to secretly collect Aadhaar data, whistleblower Wikileaks in its published documents made claims. The government has dismissed any reports on the ability of the CIA to collect sensitive data.

Wikileaks documents say CIA used ExpressLane – a tool devised by Cross Match Technologies – to cyber spy. "ExpressLane is a covert information collection tool that is used by the CIA to secretly exfiltrate data collections from such systems provided to liaison services," says the published document.

<strong>Image courtesy:</strong> Twitter
<strong>Image courtesy:</strong> Twitter

Cross Match Technologies, a US company specialising in biometric software, was one of the first suppliers of biometric devices certified by UIDAI for Aadhaar program.

"The reports do not have any basis in fact. Aadhaar data is safely encrypted and is not accessible to any other agency." said official sources.

<strong>Image courtesy:</strong> Twitter
<strong>Image courtesy:</strong> Twitter

Recently Nandan Nilekani, the new Chairman of Infosys and Aadhaar architect, expressed confidence that the biometric identifier will sail with "flying colours" as it addresses the design principles laid down by the Supreme Court with regard to privacy.

Official sources further added that the said report was not a WikiLeaks "leak" but a report by a website.

(With inputs from Times of India)

Featured image(courtesy): Wikimedia Commons

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