Provident Fund Portal Hacked, 2.7 Crore People Face Data Theft

The personal and professional details of about 2.7 crore members registered with the retirement fund body Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) have been exposed to data theft.

In a letter to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the Central Provident Fund Commissioner has written that hackers have stolen data from the Aadhaar seeding portal of EPFO. He has also asked the ministry’s technical team to plug vulnerabilities on the portal aadhaar.epfoservices.com that has now been temporarily shut. The portal links the Aadhaar number of employees with their provident fund accounts.

In the letter marked “secret”, the commissioner wrote that the Intelligence Bureau (IB) had informed them of “hackers exploiting the vulnerabilities prevailing in the website (aadhaar.epfoservices.com) of EPFO.”

Details of the scale of the breach are not known but the website contains information like the names and addresses of EPF subscribers besides their employment history.

“Each person contributes 12% of salary as provident fund, so salary details could also have been stolen. Also the bank account numbers as people tend to withdraw their PF,” said cybersecurity expert Anand Venkatnarayan.

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Hackers exploiting vulnerabilities, EPFO commissioner wrote to the government

A total of 114 government websites were hacked between April 2017 and January 2018, the Ministry of Electronics and IT told Lok Sabha in March.

The head of the Computer Emergency Response team of the Ministry of Electronics and IT, when contacted by NDTV, remained unavailable.

The body that governs Aadhaar, UIDAI, has clarified that it has nothing to do with the alleged data breach from aadhaar.epfoservices.com. “This matter does not pertain at all to any Aadhaar data breach from UIDAI servers. There is absolutely no breach into Aadhaar database of UIDAI. Aadhaar data remains safe and secure,” it said.

Source by:-ndtv

Aadhaar isn’t Mandatory for New Mobile Connections – Government

Customers can now get new SIM Cards without Aadhaar which is said to be priority till date and now can issue with other documents like election voter ID or driving licence and the government will await Supreme Court’s order on re-verification of mobile subscribers using Aadhaar at a later date.
Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan told
” As per rule, fresh connections can be given using any authentic ID and address proof. There is no change in that rule. Telecom operators cannot deny fresh SIM to people having valid ID and address proof document. For re-verification, we have to wait for Supreme Court order as the matter is sub-judice”
Department of Telecom (DoT) had earlier extended the deadline for re-verifying mobile numbers through Aadhaar, till the time the apex court takes a view on the petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Aadhaar and its enabling law.
DoT’s circular issued on March 23, 2017 says “The subscriber acquired through proof of identity/ proof of address documents based process, during the period of this re-verification activity shall also be re-verified through e-KYC process. For this, the licencee at the time of issuing connection to such subscribers, shall intimate the subscribers about this re-verification activity”
Source by techiyogiz

This app connects you to blood-donors with just a click!

This is the huge gap in India when it comes to blood donation, and undoubtedly it’s a major bottleneck for the medical world.

Now, Chennai-based MBLOOD, a start-up, is trying to fill this gap by creating a platform where recipients can contact blood donors directly.

The location-based, ‘on-request’ app is designed on the Ola-Uber model.

Losing someone close gave the founder a new direction

The idea didn’t come out-of-the-blue to Sushil Lalwani.

He lost a close relative in 2017, due to unavailability of blood bags “despite the fact that he had necessary resources,” shared Lalwani.

That’s when he realized that there are many like him who has lost their kin due to blood scarcity.

He launched MBLOOD in January’18 and within a month, there were 10,000 registered users.

'Shelling out Rs. 2,000 for each blood-unit is expensive affair'

Founder says‘Shelling out Rs. 2,000 for each blood-unit is expensive affair’

Lalwani’s research before launching the project revealed that acquiring blood from the blood banks is an expensive affair, with each bag costing a person Rs. 2,000.

Also, blood starts degenerating long before the prescribed six-week preservation limit and that blood, if infused in a patient, can be dangerous.

Hence, million units of blood get wasted, and that’s a colossal loss, said Lalwani.

ProcessPerson given three months to recover after a blood-donation session

That’s where MBLOOD, available on Android, comes in, with its database of 2,100 registered blood-banks.

Lalwani explained that when someone posts a requirement, the willing donor’s details are shared with the recipient.

“Once a user donates blood, they aren’t contacted for three months,” he added.

More than 27,000 users within just four months speak volumes about the dearth of blood on demand.

AmbitionLalwani aims to build network of 1M users by 2018

Unsurprisingly, 60% of MBLOOD users belong to semi-urban and rural areas, like Bellary, Darbhanga, Gadag, Guntur and Sonipat.

Recently, Lalwani managed to raise Rs. 50L from SPPLJ Charitable Trust to be able to “build a network of 1M registered users” by December’18, after which he plans to take MBLOOD across the borders.

Since it’s a not-for-profit organization, its growth depends a lot on word-of-mouth.

 

Source by:-newsbytesapp

Pension Scheme PMVVY: Investment Limit Doubled, Now Get Rs. 10,000 Per Month Pension

The Union Cabinet, in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday approved the doubling of investment limit in Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandan Yojana (PMVVY) to Rs. 15 lakh, from the current level of Rs. 7.5 lakh. This will help senior citizens earn a pension of up to Rs. 10,000 per month. The Cabinet also approved the time period for subscription of this scheme to March 31, 2020, from May 4, 2018. In Budget 2018, Finance Minister Arun Jatiley had proposed to increase the investment limit in PMVVY or Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana to Rs. 15 lakh. Financial planners say PMVVY offers more avenues to senior citizens to earn a steady regular income at times when fixed deposit interest rates are not that attractive.

Here are 10 things to know about new PMVVY (Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandan Yojana) scheme:

9) The PMVVY scheme also allows for premature exit for treatment of any critical/terminal illness of self or spouse.

10) On such premature exit, 98 per cent of the purchase price will be refunded.

Source by:-ndtv

Over 23,000 bank fraud cases involving Rs 1 trillion in 5 years: RBI

Over 23,000 cases of fraud involving a staggering Rs one trillion have been reported in the past five years in various banks, according to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

A total of 5,152 cases of fraud, up from over 5,000 cases in 2016-17, were reported in banks from April 2017 to March 1, 2018, it said in reply to an RTI query filed by this correspondent.

The highest ever amount of Rs 28,459 crore is said to have been involved in these cases of fraud reported from April 2017 to March 1, 2018, the central bank said.

In 2016-17, banks had reported 5,076 cases of fraud involving Rs 23,933 crore.

From 2013 to March 1, 2018, as many as 23,866 cases of fraud, of Rs 100,000 or above in each case, were reported.

A total of more than Rs one trillion was involved in all the cases put together, according to the RTI reply.

Giving the break-up, the RBI said 4,693 such cases (involving Rs 18,698 crore) and 4,639 cases (involving Rs 19,455 crore) were reported in 2015-16 and 2014-15 respectively.

In 2013-14, banks reported 4,306 cases of fraud, involving Rs 10,170 crore, the central bank said.

“The reported fraud cases are processed and action is taken according to the facts and circumstances of individual cases,” the RBI said.

The data assumes significance as central investigating agencies such as the CBI and the ED are looking into various big-ticket fraud cases in banks involving industrialists and others.

Among the prominent ones is the over Rs 13,000-crore fraud in the Punjab National Bank (PNB) allegedly committed by diamantaire Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi, the promoter of Gitanjali Gems.

The CBI had recently also booked top officials of two public sector banks, a former CMD of the IDBI Bank, former Aircel promoter C Sivasankaran, his son and companies controlled by him in connection with a Rs 600-crore loan fraud in the IDBI.

The CBI has named 15 bank officials who worked at senior levels at the IDBI in 2010 and 2014 when loans were sanctioned to the companies controlled by Sivasankaran in its FIR registered on a complaint from the Central Vigilance Commission.

Managing Director and CEO of Indian Bank Kishor Kharat (who was then MD and CEO of IDBI Bank) and his counterpart in Syndicate Bank Melwyn Rego (then Deputy Managing Director in IDBI Bank), along with then Chairman-cum-Managing Director of IDBI Bank M S Raghavan, have been named in the latest FIR filed by the CBI.

According to government data, the gross non-performing assets (NPAs) of all banks in the country, amounting to Rs 8,40,958 crore in December 2017, were led by industry loans followed by those in the services and agriculture sectors.

The highest amount of gross NPAs was for the country’s largest lender, the State Bank of India, at Rs 2,01,560 crore.

Among the others, the NPA for PNB stood at Rs 55,200 crore and for IDBI Bank, Rs 44,542 crore. Bank of India had NPAs worth Rs 43,474 crore; Bank of Baroda, Rs 41,649 crore; Union Bank of India, Rs 38,047 crore; Canara Bank, Rs 37,794 crore and ICICI Bank, Rs 33,849 crore, according to data presented by Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla in the Lok Sabha on March 9.

Source by:-standard

Holding Multiple SIM cards may land you in trouble

TRAI has earlier directed a subscriber shouldn’t have more than 9 SIMS and further their SIMS to be deactivated by the concern Telecom operators.
Latest rules regarding holding
SIMS have  came into effect on Friday with the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) amending the customer verification norms for mobile phone users. Scores of subscribers have multiple SIMs with several owning more than 100, a government official said. Telecom companies, desperate to add subscribers, have been lenient in checking multiple connections and do not verify credentials of such users.
According to industry insiders, there are almost 25-30 per inactive connections out of the total 94 crore mobile phone subscriber base as revealed by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai). The inactive connections were mostly owned by subscribers who had multiple SIM cards.
DoT official said ” Obviously, subscribers are being added but number of disconnections of inactive SIMs are more. Mobile numbers are precious and should be judicially utilised”
Source by:-techiyogiz

Top Data Plans Under Rs 400 from Airtel, Jio, Vodafone, Idea and BSNL

Here we bring up exclusive best plans from Airtel, Jio, Vodafone, Idea & BSNL currently available.
Check the details below..
Top recharge plans under Rs. 400 available in the market :-
Airtel Plans :-
Price Rs 199
Daily Data Cap 1.4 GB per day
Total Data 39.2 GB
Calls Unlimited Calls (Local + STD + National Roaming)
SMS 100 per day
Validity 28 days
Price Rs 249
Daily Data Cap 2 GB per day
Total Data 56 GB
Calls Unlimited Calls (Local + STD + National Roaming)
SMS 100 per day
Validity 28 days
Price Rs 399
Daily Data Cap 1.4 GB per day
Total Data 117 GB
Calls Unlimited Calls (Local + STD + National Roaming)
SMS 100 per day
Validity 28 days
Jio Plans :-
Price Rs 149
Daily Data Cap 1.5 GB per day (Unlimited Data @ 64Kbps post FUP)
Total Data 42 GB
Calls Unlimited Calls (Local + STD + National Roaming)
SMS 100 per day
Validity 28 days
Price Rs. 198
Daily Data Cap 2 GB per day (Unlimited Data @ 64Kbps post FUP)
Total Data 56 GB
Calls Unlimited Calls (Local + STD + National Roaming)
SMS 100 per day
Validity 28 days
Price Rs. 299
Daily Data Cap 3 GB per day (Unlimited Data @ 64Kbps post FUP)
Total Data 84 GB
Calls Unlimited Calls (Local + STD + National Roaming)
SMS 100 per day
Validity 28 days
Price Rs 349
Daily Data Cap 1.5 GB per day (Unlimited Data @ 64Kbps post FUP)
Total Data 105 GB
Calls Unlimited Calls (Local + STD + National Roaming)
SMS 100 per day
Price Rs 398
Daily Data Cap 2 GB per day (Unlimited Data @ 64Kbps post FUP)
Total Data 140 GB
Calls Unlimited Calls (Local + STD + National Roaming)
SMS 100 per day
Validity 70 days
Price Rs 399
Daily Data Cap 1.5 GB per day (Unlimited Data @ 64Kbps post FUP)
Total Data 126 GB
Calls Unlimited Calls (Local + STD + National Roaming)
SMS 100 per day
Validity 84 days
Vodafone Plans :-
 
Price Rs 176
Daily Data Cap N/A
Total Data 1 GB
Calls Unlimited Calls (Local + STD + National Roaming)
SMS 100 per day
Validity 28 days
Price Rs 199
Daily Data Cap 1.4 GB per day
Total Data 39.2 GB
Calls Unlimited Calls (Local + STD + National Roaming)
SMS 100 per day
Validity 28 days
Price Rs 255
Daily Data Cap 2 GB per day
Total Data 56 GB
Calls Unlimited Calls (Local + STD + National Roaming)
SMS 100 per day
Validity 28 days
Price Rs 347
Daily Data Cap 2.5 GB per day
Total Data 70 GB
Calls Unlimited Calls (Local + STD + National Roaming)
SMS 100 per day
Validity 28 days
Price Rs 399
Daily Data Cap 1 GB per day
Total Data 70 GB
Calls Unlimited Calls (Local + STD + National Roaming)
SMS 100 per day
Validity 70 days
Idea Plans :-
 
Price Rs 199
Daily Data Cap 1.4 GB per day
Total Data 39.2 GB
Calls Unlimited Calls (Local + STD + National Roaming)
SMS 100 per day
Validity 28 days
Price Rs 249
Daily Data Cap 2 GB per day
Total Data 56 GB
Calls Unlimited Calls (Local + STD + National Roaming)
SMS 100 per day
Validity 28 days
Price Rs 349
Daily Data Cap 3 GB per day
Total Data 84 GB
Calls Unlimited Calls (Local + STD + National Roaming)
SMS 100 per day
Validity 28 days
Price Rs 398
Daily Data Cap 1.4 GB per day
Total Data 98 GB
Calls Unlimited Calls (Local + STD + National Roaming)
SMS 100 per day
Validity 70 days
BSNL Plans :-
 
Price Rs 187
Daily Data Cap 1 GB per day
Total Data 28 GB
Calls Unlimited Calls (Local + STD)
SMS 100 per day
Validity 28 days
Price Rs 349
Daily Data Cap 1 GB per day
Total Data 54 GB
Calls Unlimited Calls (Local + STD)
SMS 100 per day
Validity 54 days

 

Source by:-techiyogiz

Is your name, birth date in PF not matching with Aadhaar? Here’s how to correct it

If you tried to link your Aadhaar with your UAN and were unable to do because of mismatch in Name, Date of Borth(DOB) or Gender in UAN data and Aadhaar data then you can use the new functionality provided in the UAN portal to update details. This article explains in detail EPF UAN Correction on how to Correct Name, Date of Birth and Gender in your UAN Online as per Aadhaar if your Aadhaar is not linked with UAN.

Overview of the process to correct Name, Date of Birth, Gender, EPF Details Online

The process involves employee raising the online request by logging onto UAN website.  The request will then be forwarded to Employer you can approve or reject the request online. If the employer approves then request will go to  EPFO Field Office where Dealing Assistant, Section Supervisor and then APFC/RPFC will reject or approve the request.

The EPFO has not yet provided any time limit for processing EPF UAN basic details correction requests. We have raised this issue with EPFO. Also, as this is a new online facility, you may face some technical issues in submitting the online request.

If your details are linked to Aadhaar then you cannot modify your details.

Employee raising the request

  1. Login to Member Interface of Unified Portal using your UAN and Password.
  2. Click on Manage>Modify Basic Details.
  3. Provide the correct details as per Aadhaar (System will verify the details entered with UIDAI- Aadhaar Data)
  4. On clicking Update Details, the request will be submitted to the employer for further approval.
  5. Till the employer has not verified the details, One can also withdraw the request by clicking on Delete Request
  6. After successful verification, your request will be automatically submitted to your employer for further approval.

Employer approving or rejecting the request

Your employer will have to approve the request online. It will then be transmitted to the EPFO field office. The EPF staff will then process the requested corrections.

  • The employer will log in to Employer Interface of Unified Portal.
  • Employer can view the change requests submitted by employees by clicking on Member>Details Change Request
  • The employer can approve or reject the request.
  • If the employer approves the request will be transferred to EPFO field office.

EPFO approving or rejecting the request

  • In the EPFO office, the Dealing Hand will submit his recommendations, Recommended for Approval or Recommended for Rejection with proper remarks, online in the Field Office Interface of Unified Portal.
  • This request will then be verified by Section Supervisor.
  •  Finally, Assistant Provident Fund Commissioner(APFC)/Regional Provident Fund Commissioner (RPFC) can Approve/Reject the case

Earlier process to correct basic details in UAN

if an employee wants to correct his/her basic details against UAN, employee and employer are required to submit a joint request to the concerned EPFO field office for correction of above mentioned basic details of employee.

If your details are linked to Aadhaar then currently, you cannot modify your details. Then you still have to follow the above process.

Step by step process for EPF UAN correction of Name, Date of Birth, Gender Online

Login to Member Interface of Unified Portal using your UAN and Password. Our article New UAN Unified Portal for Employees talks about the new UAN Unified Portal for Employees in detail.

Correct Name , Date of Birth, Gender through EPF Online request

 

Provide the correct details as per Aadhaar (System will verify the details entered with UIDAI- Aadhaar Data)

On clicking Update Details, the request will be submitted to the employer for further approval

Till the employer has not verified the details, One can also withdraw the request by clicking on Delete Request. You can access this option by clicking Manage -> Modify Basic Details -> Pending Requests

If your Aadhaar is already linked to UAN then you would not be allowed to change the details. You would see the view as shown in the image below.

How many days will it take to approve the request for Change of Name, Date of Birth

The EPFO has not yet provided any time limit for processing EPF UAN basic details correction requestsAfter employee submits the request

  • The request is forwarded to Employer you can approve or reject the request online.
  • If the employer approves then request will go to  EPFO Field Office where Dealing Assistant, Section Supervisor and then APFC/RPFC will reject or approve the request.

For many people who have used this facility, it has taken more than 15 days and still the request has not been approved. We have raised the issue with EPFO through our twitter account.

EPFO reply to such concerns is as follows. You can click on you appropriate Zone and get email and contact details of the EPFO.

Source by:-bemoneyaware

Students alert! UGC releases list of 24 fake universities;

The University Grants Commission or UGC has released a list of 24 fake Universities, warning the students to protect themselves from getting fleeced. UGC said that these 24 self-styled institutions are functioning in contravention of the UGC Act and have been declared as fake. This means that none of these universities is entitled to confer any degrees.The list which is now also available on the UGC website www.ugc.ac.in, includes seven institutions from the national capital Delhi. Apart from Delhi, the list has universities from Bihar, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Pondicherry.

Here is the state-wise list of fake Universities:

Bihar

1. Maithili University / Vishwavidyalaya, Darbhanga, Bihar.

Delhi

2. Commercial University Ltd., Daryaganj, Delhi.
3. United Nations University, Delhi.
4. Vocational University, Delhi.
5. ADR-Centric Juridical University, ADR House, 8J, Gopala Tower, 25 Rajendra Place, New Delhi – 110 008.
6. Indian Institute of Science and Engineering, New Delhi.
7. Viswakarma Open University for Self-Employment, Rozgar Sewasadan, 672, Sanjay Enclave, Opp. GTK Depot, Delhi-110033.
8. Adhyatmik Vishwavidyalaya (Spiritual University), 351-352, Phase-I, Block-A, Vijay Vihar, Rithala, Rohini, Delhi-110085

Karnataka

9. Badaganvi Sarkar World Open University Education Society, Gokak, Belgaum, Karnataka.

Kerala

10. St. John’s University, Kishanattam, Kerala.

Maharashtra

11. Raja Arabic University, Nagpur, Maharashtra.

West Bengal

12. Indian Institute of Alternative Medicine, Kolkata.
13. Institute of Alternative Medicine and Research,8-A, Diamond Harbour Road, Builtech inn, 2nd Floor, Thakurpurkur, Kolkatta – 700063

Uttar Pradesh

14. Varanaseya Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya, Varanasi (UP) Jagatpuri, Delhi.
15. Mahila Gram Vidyapith/Vishwavidyalaya, (Women’s University) Prayag, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.
16. Gandhi Hindi Vidyapith, Prayag, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.
17. National University of Electro Complex Homeopathy, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.
18. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose University (Open University), Achaltal, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh.
19. Uttar Pradesh Vishwavidyalaya, Kosi Kalan, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh.
20. Maharana Pratap Shiksha Niketan Vishwavidyalaya, Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh.
21. Indraprastha Shiksha Parishad, Institutional Area, Khoda, Makanpur, Noida Phase-II, Uttar Pradesh.

Odisha

22. Nababharat Shiksha Parishad, Anupoorna Bhawan, Plot No. 242, Pani Tanki Road, Shaktinagar, Rourkela-769014.
23. North Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology, Odisha.

Puducherry

24. Sree Bodhi Academy of Higher Education, No. 186, Thilaspet, Vazhuthavoor Road, Puducherry-605009

* Bhartiya Shiksha Parishad, Lucknow, UP – the matter is subjudice before the District Judge – Lucknow

About UGC:

The University Grants Commission Act, 1956 under Section 22(1) provides that only a University established by a Central, State/ Provincial Act or an institution deemed to be university under section 3 or an institution especially empowered by an Act of Parliament to confer UGC specified degrees under section 22(3) of the Act. Sub.:- Public Notice on Fake Universities Further, section 23 of the UGC Act prohibits the use of word “University” by any institutions other than a university established as stated above.

 

Source by:-financialexpress

Aadhaar privacy row: SC raps govt as 134,000 Indians’ data leaked

Aadhaar privacy row: On reasonable grounds, the benefits that Aadhaar offers to citizens are immense. But the actual costs stem from the possible misuse of Aadhaar data. Despite a robust legislation on data protection by UIDAI, Aadhaar numbers and bank details of over 134,000 beneficiaries on Andhra Pradesh Housing Corporation’s website have been leaked. The Andhra Pradesh government’s cyber security researcher Kodali Srinivas has revealed how a state-run agency has disclosed the Aadhaar data, bank accounts information with IFSC codes, caste and religion besides geo-location of 134,000 beneficiaries of housing schemes. The leaked details have now been taken off the website.Even after repeated claims by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) that Aadhaar data can never be used for surveillance or to track religious and caste information, this new data leak of sensitive information is likely to bring the authenticity of the nodal agency’s regulations on data protection under question.

The latest Aadhaar data breach took place just a day after Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu inaugurated the Andhra Pradesh Cyber Security Operations Centre (APCSOC).The Andhra Pradesh government has used Aadhaar to build profiles of their housing beneficiaries. All of this information is in public domain and it could be misused by political parties for voter profiling, reported Free Press Journal.According to an NDTV report, the Andhra Pradesh government said that it adhered to the rules and regulations of the Aadhaar Act, 2016. The leaked data were part of a list titled ‘Beneficiary Details belonging to Entry Report for Scheme Hudhud’ on the housing website. “We are investigating this report and once we understand the full situation we will update you,” the government said.Under the Aadhaar law, strict provisions determine how the biometric data collected by the UIDAI can be used. In fact, the country’s nodal agency for data protection needs to bring in tough legislation to prevent other governmental departments from collecting and misusing the database.Here are the top 10 developments on the latest Aadhaar data breach, challenges to its authenticity and privacy issues:

1. Aadhaar data leak of over 134,000 beneficiaries: Andhra Pradesh Housing Corporation’s website has allegedly disclosed personal information and bank details of about 134,000 people with several private agencies. An independent cybersecurity researcher Kodali Srinivas brought to light the latest Aadhaar leak case and informed the UIDAI and government officials. The concerned Aadhaar users are anxious over the safety of their leaked data and that eventually the hackers would get their hands on the information and can misuse them. Srinivas told the New Indian Express that he had not hacked the website, but the Aadhaar details were already publicly-available for anyone to see and download. The leaked data can be prone to the misuse by hackers and corporations, especially for voter profiling by the political parties.

2. Not the first Aadhaar data breach: According to a report in the New Indian Express, Kodali Srinivas reasoned that it was not for the first time the data leak has taken place. “This is not the first time. They had done this earlier too. In an order to build a massive database of its citizens, the Andhra Pradesh government is collecting details of each and every citizen in the name of transparency and e-governance. But all these details are not necessary if the purpose is just transparency,” the researcher explained. He also clarified that UIDAI has not linked citizen’s Aadhaar data with their caste, religious and occupational information but other governmental units seem to be doing so. UIDAI has no idea what all is being linked to your unique ID, he tweeted with a screenshot.

3. Supreme Court to continue hearing petitions on Aadhaar: On the other hand, the Supreme Court on Thursday will continue to hear the appeals filed by several petitioners challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar identification system.
4. Can govt mandate Aadhaar-mobile linking without SC’s order?: The Supreme Court on Wednesday questioned the Centre’s decision on ordering mandatory linking of mobile numbers with Aadhaar and said its earlier order on mandatory authentication of the users was used as a “tool”. A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, hearing a clutch of petitions challenging Aadhaar and its enabling 2016 law, said its order on a PIL filed by ‘Lokniti Foundation’ had said that mobile users needed to be verified in the interest of national security. “In fact, there was no such direction from the Supreme Court, but you took it and used it as a toll to make Aadhaar mandatory for mobile users,” the SC bench said.

Senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, appearing for UIDAI, on Wednesday said the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) notification talked about re-verification of mobile numbers by using e-KYC process and the Telegraph Act gave “exclusive power to the central government to decide license conditions” of service providers.”How can you (DoT) impose a condition on service recipients for seeding Aadhaar with mobile phones,” the bench said, adding that license agreements were between the government and the service providers.

Dwivedi said the direction to seed mobile with Aadhaar was taken in pursuance of TRAI’s recommendation. Besides, the government was entitled and had legitimate state interest to ensure that a sim card is given to only those who applied, he said, seeking to allay apprehensions that the State would will surveil the people 24×7.”My submission is that the government had a legal basis to link Aadhaar with SIM by virtue of section 4 of the Telegraph Act and also, the measure is reasonable in the interest ofnational security,” the lawyer stressed.Dwivedi, at the outset, alleged that the Aadhaar scheme was being unfairly targeted as nobody was questioning the banks and the telecom firms on a collection of information.

6. Banks, telecom companies have much bigger database: The banks and telecom companies have much “bigger database” about the citizens, senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi said, adding, “For example, Vodafone has a much bigger data base of information even without Aadhaar. The Aadhaar data is immaterial for them.””Appreciate the fact as to how much information a bank possesses about its customers. Every transaction as to what I purchase by using cards, where and when, all this information is with banks. Aadhaar does not tell all this. This information are already there and is being used for commercial purposes,” he said, adding that a person starts getting numerous calls before their car insurance expire.He said people are being “scared” about Aadhaar but “nobody questions the telecom companies, banks…. Their single target is Aadhaar”.Dwivedi informed the bench about an app, available on Google Playstore and said it has so many personal information about a person. He gave details, procured by using the app, about him, his family members to the bench.The bench was pleasantly surprised. Dwivedi said it has details regarding how much he charged from the Jammu and Kashmir government for appearing in a case.The lawyer referred to the control being enjoyed by the UIDAI over entities, private and government which seek Aadhaar authentication for providing services and benefits to citizens.
The Supreme Court, on April 24, asked the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) why it needed to collect ‘meta data’ of personal transactions of citizens which go for Aadhaar authenticationto avail services and benefits. “Why do you (UIDAI) have to retain meta data of personal transacations of persons entered through Aadhaar authentication”, asked the SC bench that was responding to the submission of UIDAI that it collected only “limited technical meta data” to have control over the requesting entities. Meta data is a set of data that describes and gives information about other data.
8. Aadhaar supported by UPA, NDA, says UIDAI: the UIDAI counsel on Wednesday said the Aadhaar scheme has the support of two successive governments and senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who had opposed it for a party in the Supreme Court, was part of the empowered Group of Ministers which had dealt with the 12 digit unique national identifier issue.
9. UIDAI introduces new QR code for offline Aadhaar verification: To shield the crucial information and add an extra level of privacy to Aadhaar against tampering, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has introduced an updated digitally signed ‘QR code’ on e-Aadhaar that will now contain the photograph of the Aadhaar user with other non-sensitive details like name, address and birth date. The new ‘QR code’ can be used for offline user verification without disclosing the 12-digit identification number, according to aPTI report. This new feature is available through Aadhaar downloads and contains the photograph of the Aadhar user in addition to the existing availability of demographic information.
The Supreme Court on April 19, observed that if biometric authentication is attached to every transaction entered into by a person, it would “form a wealth of information” necessitating the need for data protection and the accumulated data can be collated and used for many purposes including surveillance.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has made Aadhaar and PAN cards mandatory for opening bank accounts. The RBI said the updated know-your-customer (KYC) requirement was subject to the Supreme Court’s final judgment on Aadhaar, for which the hearing is underway.
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