Aadhaar leaks: American whistleblower Edward Snowden hails Tribune reporter who exposed flaws in UIDAI system
Taking to Twitter, Snowden said instead of an investigation, the journalist needed to be rewarded for exposing that the Aadhar data was not fullproof and could be obtained at a cost of only Rs 500.
The Delhi Police has registered an 'open-ended' FIR on a complaint from the UIDAI over the report on the alleged data breach of more than one billion Aadhaar cards.
Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari alleged that there have been systematic assaults on scribes and an atmosphere of fear and violence has been created against them.
The Editor expressed gratitude for the moral support from the media fraternity and added that criminal proceedings were instituted against 'an honest journalistic enterprise'.
Asked whether she stood by her report, Rachna Khaira said, 'Yes, of course. I stand by every word in it.'
Justifying its stance, UIDAI said criminal proceedings have been initiated as it was an act of unauthorised access.
After a January 3 news report with a headline "Rs 500, 10 minutes, and you have access to billion Aadhaar details", the UIDAI has registered an FIR against the newspaper and reporter Rachna Khaira.
Congress condemns FIR against The Tribune reporter over Aadhaar data leak story, calls it Modi government's arrogance of power
The Congress party said it was Narendra Modi government's "arrogance of power" at its worst and their intention on privacy was thoroughly exposed.
Following UIDAI complaint, FIR registered against The Tribune journalist over Aadhaar data leak story
A deputy director of UIDAI has filed a case against The Tribune reporter Rachna Khaira, and three other men mentioned in the report.