Kolkata: An agency which helps Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) enroll citizens for Aadhar has over enthusiastically shared the personal details of ace Indian cricketer MS Dhoni all over social media. The Common Service Centre e-governance Services India Ltd, (CSC) tweeted through its official twitter handle @CSCeGov – a picture in which Dhoni’s fingerprints are getting scanned into the system. They went a step forward and tweeted a screenshot of the Jharkhand cricketer’s application form, which Dhoni’s wife Sakshi complained about, tweeting to the Union Law & Justice and Information Technology minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad.
With the Twitter exchange redirecting media glare on the scheme, Prasad today asserted that “Aadhaar is fully secure.” In the controversial tweet that has since been deleted, the Common Service Centre had said, “Former India Cricket Captain @msdhoni updated his Aadhaar details with a home visit by a CSC VLE. A fan moment for Ahsan Ali.” The minister was tagged in that post. “Is there any privacy left? Information of Adhaar card, including application, is made public property,” Sakshi tweeted. Prasad, while thanking Sakshi for bringing up the issue to his notice, said, “Sharing personal information is illegal. Serious action will be taken against this.”
The irony here is that the minister himself was at a fault as he too had, hastily, retweeted CSC e-governance Services India Ltd’s tweet. Not grasping the full gravity of the situation, Prasad replied to Sakshi hinting that nothing was leaked in the tweets, to which she posted the original tweet, marking the screenshot of the application form with an arrow.
However, the minister quickly took the blame and tweeted that he would get to the bottom of the situation. Meanwhile taking a serious view of public sharing of Aadhaar details of Dhoni, the UIDAI has blacklisted for 10 years the entity that had enrolled the ace cricketer. The UIDAI which has issued 112 crore Aadhaar numbers went on to insist that its database is safe.
(With inputs from Hindustan Times)