The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) may have the power to act and sanction Aadhaar violations, but in a shocking case, the image of a six-year-old’s Aadhaar card was uploaded on e-commerce site Amazon India for selling laminate bags. The child’s Aadhaar card contained sensitive details such as the child’s date of birth, address, father’s name and other personal details, a report said on Friday.
According to a report from News18 Tech, a photo of a valid Aadhaar card of a child was uploaded by a seller called “MY OFFICE STATIONERY” on Amazon.in. The publication was able to verify that the Aadhaar Card number uploaded on Amazon India was a valid Aadhaar Card number. However, the image the seller posted on Amazon.in was not available at the time this story was submitted. It is likely that the ecommerce site has removed it.
Aadhaar has been under scrutiny for quite some time due to privacy concerns. There were concerns about the issues related to the right to privacy, especially after it was introduced as a fundamental right in 2018. Recently, the UIDAI noted that the Aadhaar card is not allowed to be uploaded to public platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.
Meanwhile, the UIDAI had also announced a Bug Bounty program earlier in July to identify vulnerabilities in Aadhaar’s data security system. In a circular, the UIDAI called for the deployment of 20 top hackers to identify any vulnerabilities in its Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR).
Aadhaar is a 12 digit number that connects a person’s biometric data to create a unique identity. A person’s bank account, phone number, government programs and other financial services are all linked to their Aadhaar number.