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Aadhaar 'data breach': govt. committed to freedom of press, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

  Amid criticism of action by the authorities on a newspaper report on alleged Aadhaar data breach, Law and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday said the government was committed to freedom of the press and the FIR was 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,” Mr. Prasad said on Twitter.

The Delhi Police registered the FIR on a Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) official’s complaint following the newspaper report, naming the reporter behind the story, even as the daily said it will defend its freedom to undertake investigative journalism.

Police said on Sunday that UIDAI deputy director B.M. Patnaik told them that an input was received from The Tribune that it had 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.



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