The CIA can access India's entire Aadhaar database, says WikiLeaks
By Anirudh Kumar | Online Desk | Published: 26th August 2017 07:39 PM |
Whistleblower site WikiLeaks recently published a secret report revealing that the United States' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had the technology to access the unique identification data of Indian citizens that have enrolled for Aadhar.
WikiLeaks' documents say that the US spy agency used ExpressLane, a tool devised by an agency called Cross Match Technologies – for cyber espionage.
“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 document.
Cross Match Technologies also provides biometric solutions to the Unique Identification Authority of India, the statutory body for Aadhaar.
In its series of tweets, WikiLeaks tweeted, "Has the CIA already stolen India's #Aadhaar database?"
The newspaper Times of India (TOI) reported that official sources had denied these claims made by WikiLeaks.
Official sources were quoted as saying by TOI said the report was not a WikiLeaks "leak" but a report published by a website.
The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the right to privacy was a fundamental right of every citizen. The apex court is now likely to hear the matter on whether the privacy argument linked to Aadhar is justifiable.