Edward Snowden joins outcry against Aadhaar

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In its reply to the minister UIDAI tweeted it is committed to the freedom of Press even inviting any constructive suggestion the newspaper had to offer. He said that if the government was really concerned about the biometric information, then they should be working on reforming policies.

He said this in response to a tweet from a CBS Editor Zack Whittaker, and followed it up by saying that the journalists exposing the Aadhaar breach deserve an award, not an investigation. Want to arrest those responsible?

The FIR mentioned the names of the journalist and Anil Kumar, Sunil Kumar, and Raj, the three people Khaira reached out to purchase the Aadhaar data, but they have not been shown as accused, the police said.

New Delhi, January 9, 2018-Indian authorities on January 5 filed a criminal complaint against the English-language daily The Tribune and its reporter Rachna Khaira, a day after the paper published Khaira's report exposing a possible vulnerability in the country's vast national identity system, according to news reports.

Edward came in support of the journalist who reported that she could access personal details of over a billion citizens for just Rs. 500 paid through a digital wallet.

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The police probe in the Aadhaar data breach story had attracted strong criticism from various media organisations and bodies, including The Editors Guild of India which sought withdrawal of the case.

Akila Urankar, president of INS, said in a statement that she, "on behalf of the entire community of INS Members, expresses serious concerns about an attempt to browbeat the reporter of Tribune who has courageously reported leak of crucial Aadhaar data". The FIR has been lodged with the Crime Branch's cyber cell under Indian Penal Code Sections 419 (punishment for cheating by impersonation), 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document), as well Section 66 of the IT Act and Section 36/37 of the Aadhaar Act.

"The government is fully committed to freedom of press as well as to maintaining security and sanctity of Aadhaar for India's development".

Snowden was responding to reports of UIDAI having filed an FIR in the case of a breach revealed by The Tribune newspaper last week.

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