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Snowden hails reporter who exposed flaws in UIDAI system

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

American whistleblower on Tuesday came out in support of a daily reporter, who has been booked for exposing alleged flaws in Unique Identification Authority of (UIDAI) system.

Taking to Twitter, said instead of an investigation, the needed to be rewarded for exposing that the Aadhar data was not fullproof and could be obtained at a cost of only Rs 500.

In his tweet, the former contractor, who has taken an asylum in Russia, also suggested that action should rather be taken against UIDAI, the body that runs the programme.

"The journalists exposing the #breach deserve an award, not an investigation. If the were truly concerned for justice, they would be reforming the policies that destroyed the privacy of a billion Indians. Want to arrest those responsible? They are called @UIDAI," tweeted.

Meanwhile, Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad yesterday had said that the administration was "fully committed to freedom of press" and that an FIR filed is "against unknown".

"Govt. is fully committed to freedom of Press as well as to maintaining security & sanctity of #Aadhaar for India's development. FIR is against unknown. I've suggested @UIDAI to request Tribune & it's journalist to give all assistance to police in investigating real offenders," Prasad tweeted.

On January 5, Snowden had hinted that the database conceived and introduced by the Indian can also be misused and abused.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 10:14 IST