This is not the first time that such a breach has happened in the state. Last month Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Aadhaar details were posted on social media. But then retribution was swift. Following a tweet by Dhoni’s wife, Union IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad promised action and the Ranchi-based agency, which had procured the cricketer’s details and posted the information on social media, was blacklisted for 10 years.
Noted Supreme Court lawyer and an expert on cyber laws, Pawan Duggal said both IT Act 2000 and Aadhaar Act 2016 are inadequate to protect the privacy of individuals.
“Sensitive personal data, if leaked through computer or information technology related platform is punishable under Section 66 and 43 of the IT Act 2000, but unfortunately Aadhaar Act 2016 does not allow any individual, whose personal information related to Aadhaar has been leaked, to lodge an FIR. It is only the UIDAI which is authorised to lodge a legal complaint,” said Duggal who is also an advisory board member of Cyber Peace Foundation (CPF), Ranchi.
Describing the Aadhaar Act as inadequate in terms of handling the ramifications of cyber crime, Duggal said there is an urgent need to improve both Aadhaar Act and IT Act to secure personal and biometric details of individuals collected by government agencies