After Aadhaar privacy concerns, now identity, address, phone number of Tamil Nadu ration card holders freely available on PDS website

The address and ration card number of Tamil Nadu residents can be found on the state’s Public Distribution System’s website.

Published: 30th January 2018 02:35 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th January 2018 11:16 AM   |  A+A-

A woman displaying her smart public distribution system card at a ration shop. (File photo | EPS)

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CHENNAI: Your address and ration card number can be found on Tamil Nadu’s Public Distribution System’s website. If you have filed a complaint against ration shops, your phone number too will be up on the site. All it takes are a few clicks to access the information associated with ration cards.

One can find the number of adults and number of children in a family, address, type of card they have and the number of subsidised LPG cylinders the family is eligible for.

Screenshot from Tamil Nadu PDS website showing the list of ration card numbers registered to a particular ration shop in T Nagar, Chennai.

The only immunity citizens have is that their Aadhar number and names are not revealed. When contacted by Express, a senior government official said the details were provided to enhance transparency. However, such information on the website can be exploited in multiple ways, says Raghu Godavarthi from Rethink Aadhar project, that was started to advocate privacy protection.

“Conning beneficiaries in the name of phone or door-to-door verification gets much simpler when your data is out in the public domain,” he said. “This makes it easier for a conman to exact more details by posing as an official who has all other details, but just needs Aadhar number for verification.”

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