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Aadhaar data breach: Committed to freedom of Press, says govt

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Amid criticism of action by authorities over a newspaper report on data breach, and IT said today that the is committed to the freedom of the Press and the FIR has been filed against "unknown" entities.

"is fully committed to freedom of Press as well as to maintaining security and sanctity of for India's development. FIR is against unknown," Prasad said on platform

The Police has registered an FIR (First Information Report) on a official's complaint over a newspaper report on alleged data breach of details, naming the behind the story, even as the daily said it will defend its freedom to undertake investigative journalism.

Unique Identification Authority of (UIDAI) Deputy Director B M Patnaik told the police that an input was received from that it has purchased a service being offered by anonymous sellers over WhatsApp that provided unrestricted access to details of any of the Aadhaar numbers created in India, the police had said on Sunday.

On January 5, a complaint was received from Patnaik and the FIR was registered the same day, the police said.

The Editors Guild Of sought intervention for the withdrawal of the case and called for an "impartial" investigation into the matter.

Criticising the lodging of the FIR, the guild said it was "deeply concerned" over reports that the had registered a complaint in which the of The Tribune, Rachna Khaira, has been named.

Prasad said: "I've suggested to request Tribune & its to give all assistance to police in investigating real offenders.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 15:20 IST