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Aadhaar database can be misused and abused: Edward Snowden

The UIDAI said the Aadhaar data including biometric information is fully safe and secure

ANI  |  New Delhi 

Edward Snowden
Edward Snowden. Photo: @Snowden

A day after the Unique Identification Authority of (UIDAI) denied that there was any breach of the database, American said on Friday that the conceived and introduced by the Indian can also be misused and abused.

Retweeting CBS journalist Zack Whittaker's response on a BuzzFeed report on the breach of in India, said, "It is the natural tendency of to desire perfect records of private lives. History shows that no matter the laws, the result is abuse."

Whittaker had earlier said, "ICYMI. has a ID with the private information of nearly 1.2 billion nationals. It's reportedly been breached. Admin accounts can be made and access can be sold to the database, reports BuzzFeed."

The on Thursday said the data including biometric information is fully safe and secure.

It termed The Tribune report titled 'Rs 500, 10 minutes, and you have access to billion details' a case of misreporting.

"There has not been any data breach. The data including biometric information is fully safe and secure," the said in a statement.

This development has come at a time when the is set to begin the final hearing of petitions challenging the legality of programme based on privacy concerns on January 17.

In August 2017, the held that privacy is a fundamental right under the Constitution of

First Published: Fri, January 05 2018. 13:25 IST