MUMBAI – While the recent breach of 3.2 mln debit cards sent the government and banking industry into damage control mode about the data breach, there might be another risk under the radar going unnoticed- Aadhaar-linked database, said cyber security and privacy experts.
As every bank transaction gets validated by an Aadhaar number an electronic trail gets generated, which can be monitored.
There is still no mechanism to monit
The authority says it prescribes strong data protection norms to its service providers on maintenance of Aadhaar-linked databases.
This is though limited to the Aadhaar database that is maintained by the authority and many of the service partners involved in performing Aadhaar verification using biometrics. The authority also prohibits publication of the Aadhaar number of any resident with any linked database.
None of the above regulations make it mandatory that a service provider inform its customers about a data breach of private information. The breach at the ATMs was detected recently but they happened over 4 months ago.
Currently, the only recourse available is to file a complaint with the local police station if a person finds that Aadhaar details have been unlawfully used or given away without consent.