Probe UIDAI, not scribe, for Aadhaar breach: Edward Snowden

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NEW DELHI: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is responsible for “policies that destroyed the privacy of one billion Indians,” Edward Snowden, an ex-US citizen, said on Tuesday.

“Journalists who expose the #Aadhaar rape deserve a prize, not an investigation, if the government were really concerned about justice, they would be reforming the policies that destroyed the privacy of a billion Indians,” Snowden tweeted.

“Do you want to arrest those responsible? They are called @UIDAI,” Snowden tweeted at dawn on Tuesday morning, Indian time. “Edward Snowden” was trending on Twitter in India on Tuesday afternoon.
Snowden was responding to reports that UIDAI had filed an FIR in the case of a violation revealed by The Tribune newspaper last week. This is the second hawk privacy tweet in four days on the biometric identity system.

Snowden’s latest download comes after his tweet last Friday, where he said: “It’s the government’s natural tendency to have perfect records of private lives.” History shows that regardless of the laws, the result is abuse.

The tweet of US whistleblower Edward Snowden who directly names UIDAI had almost 4,600 retweets and 5,000 likes at 2:15 pm on Tuesday.

On Sunday, UIDAI had registered an FIR with the Delhi Police Cybernetic Cell, naming “The Tribune” and its journalist for the day’s story that shows how administrator access to Aadhaar data could be purchased for as little as 500 rupees.

However, UIDAI said, his “act of presenting an FIR with all the details of the incident should not be seen as UIDAI pointing to the media or the whistleblowers or ‘firing at the messenger.'”

In June 2013, Snowden drew attention to a large-scale global surveillance program led by the US government.It was also revealed that the Indian missions in the USA.They were intercepted as part of the program that caused a commotion in the international community when it came to light. The 34-year-old man has been living in asylum in Moscow since the revelations of 2013. Last year, Russia extended its asylum until 2020