Aadhaar data breach: Committed to freedom of press, says government

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New Delhi, January 8: Amid criticism of action by authorities over a newspaper report on Aadhaar data breach, law and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasadsaid on Monday that the government is committed to the freedom of the press and the FIR has been filed against “unknown” entities.

“Government is fully committed to freedom of press as well as to maintaining security and sanctity of Aadhaar for India’s development. FIR is against unknown,” Prasad said on social media platform Twitter.

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

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) deputy director BM Patnaik told the police that an input was received from The Tribune 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.