CIA can access India’s entire Aadhaar database, suggests WikiLeaks

Whistleblower site WikiLeaks recently published a secret report revealing that the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had the technology to access the unique identification data of Indian citizens that have enrolled for Aadhaar .

WikiLeaks’ documents say that the US spy agency used ExpressLane, a tool devised by an agency called Cross Match Technologies – for cyber espionage.

“ExpressLane is a covert information collection tool that is used by the CIA to secretly exfiltrate data collections from such systems provided to liaison services,” says the document.

Cross Match Technologies also provides biometric solutions to the Unique Identification Authority of India, the statutory body for Aadhaar.

In its series of tweets, WikiLeaks tweeted, “Has the CIA already stolen India’s #Aadhaar database?”

However, Times of India (TOI) reported that official sources had denied these claims made by WikiLeaks.

They said the report was not a WikiLeaks “leak” but a report published by a website.

The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the right to privacy was a fundamental right of every citizen. The apex court is now likely to hear the matter on whether the privacy argument linked to Aadhaar  is justifiable.

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