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There's an orchestrated campaign to malign Aadhaar: Nilekani

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Former Unique Identification Authority of (UIDAI) Nilekani said there was an "orchestrated campaign" to malign

He was reacting to filing of an FIR on newspaper report relating to data breach.

"There is hundred per cent an orchestrated campaign to see how gets maligned, yes absolutely," Nilekani told ET Now on the sidelines of the Science Foundation Award here.

Police had on Monday registered the FIR on a complaint by an following the newspaper report on data breach of more than 1 billion Aadhaar cards, naming the behind the story.

The police was informed by the that the correspondent, posing as a buyer, had purchased a service being offered by anonymous sellers over WhatsApp that provided unrestricted access to details of Aadhaar numbers.

Nilekani said the issue has been blown out of proportion as Aadhaar have built far too many security layers and it is not possible to randomly pore it.

Further referring to FIR filed in case, he said negative views on Aadhaar will have negative reactions and hence, it would be better for people to have a constructive view on it.

"If you are just taking a negative view, and not a constructive view, then you also have other (negative) reactions. I think, everybody has to accept Aadhaar is here to stay," The former said.

The Aadhaar is here to stay because as many as 119 crore people have it, 550 million have linked the numbers to their and Rs 95,000 crore transferred into DBT accounts, he added.

Nilekani said he was very confident of the Supreme Court upholding Aadhaar under the fundamental right of privacy because it meets the test of the law being proportionate and reasonable.

Replying to a query, he welcomed putting in place a two- layer security to reinforce privacy protection for Aadhaar ID number holders by the


"I think this is a very significant announcement by UIDAI and in some sense it really makes the case against it go away," he said.

The former UIDAI said it has introduced a virtual identification for ID holders so that the actual number need not be shared by the people to authenticate their identity.

Simultaneously, it has further regulated the storage of the Aadhaar number within various databases, he added.

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

First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 14:05 IST
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