Aad­haar Data is Never Breached or Leaked: UIDAI

Business Sphere - - AADHAAR DATA - By Our Cor­re­spon­dent

The Unique Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Author­ity of In­dia (UIDAI) re­spond­ing to a news re­port, ap­peared in cer­tain sec­tion of me­dia on “210 Govern­ment sites made Aad­haar info pub­lic” as if Aad­haar data is leaked or breached, has said that such re­port is a skewed pre­sen­ta­tion of the facts and poses as if the Aad­haar data is breached or leaked which is not the true pre­sen­ta­tion. UIDAI said in a state­ment here that the Aad­haar data is fully safe and se­cure and there has been no data leak or breach at UIDAI. UIDAI said that this said data on these web­sites was placed in pub­lic do­main as a mea­sure of proac­tive dis­clo­sure un­der RTI Act by these govern­ment and in­sti­tu­tional web­sites which in­cluded ben­e­fi­cia­ries’ name, ad­dress, bank ac­count, and other de­tails in­clud­ing Aad­haar num­ber and was col­lected from the third party/ users for var­i­ous wel­fare schemes. It was this col­lected info which had been dis­played in the pub­lic do­main un­der RTI Act. There was no breach or leak­age of Aad­haar data from UIDAI data­base or server as has been aired by the said re­port. UIDAI said that act­ing promptly on this, UIDAI and Min­istry of Elec­tron­ics & IT had directed the con­cerned Govern­ment depart­ments/ min­istries to im­me­di­ately re­move it from their web­sites and en­sure that such vi­o­la­tion do not oc­cur in fu­ture. Cer­tain other mea­sures were also taken at var­i­ous lev­els to en­sure that such in­ci­dents of dis­play of Aad­haar num­bers do not take place. Fol­low­ing UIDAI’s ac­tion such data were re­moved from these web­sites im­me­di­ately. How­ever, the news pre­sented the facts in a skewed man­ner and mis­leads read­ers as if Aad­haar data has been leaked or breached at 210 web­sites pos­ing Aad­haar se­cu­rity is vul­ner­a­ble. UIDAI re­it­er­ated that Aad­haar se­cu­rity sys­tems are best of the in­ter­na­tional stan­dards and Aad­haar data is fully se­cure. There has been no breach or leak­age of Aad­haar data at UIDAI. Also, the Aad­haar num­bers which were made pub­lic on the said web­sites do not pose any real threat to the peo­ple as bio­met­ric in­for­ma­tion is never shared and is fully se­cure with high­est en­cryp­tion at UIDAI and mere dis­play of de­mo­graphic in­for­ma­tion can­not be mis­used with­out bio­met­rics. UIDAI clar­i­fied that Aad­haar num­ber is not a se­cret num­ber. It is to be shared with au­tho­rized agen­cies when an Aad­haarholder wishes to avail a cer­tain ser­vice or ben­e­fit of govern­ment wel­fare scheme/s or other ser­vices. But that does not mean that the proper use of Aad­haar num­ber poses a se­cu­rity or fi­nan­cial threat. Also, mere avail­abil­ity of Aad­haar num­ber will not be a se­cu­rity threat or will not lead to fi­nan­cial/other fraud, as for a suc­cess­ful au­then­ti­ca­tion fin­ger­print or iris of in­di­vid­ual is also re­quired. Fur­ther all au­then­ti­ca­tions hap­pen in pres­ence of per­son­nel of re­spec­tive ser­vice provider which fur­ther add to the se­cu­rity of the sys­tem. Fur­ther­more, UIDAI se­cu­rity sys­tem has peo­ple’s par­tic­i­pa­tory se­cu­rity sys­tem like Bio­met­ric Lock fa­cil­ity avail­able at UIDAI por­tal which any Aad­haarholder can use to put his/ her own lock on one’s bio­met­ric by vis­it­ing UIDAI’s of­fi­cial web­site www.uidai.gov.in.

In­dia to Host Global Con­fer­ence on Cy­ber Space 2017: A Gi­ant Leap To­wards a Se­cure and Inclusive Cy­berspace

In­dia, for the first time ever, is go­ing to host the Global Con­fer­ence on

Cy­ber Space (GCCS), one of the world’s largest con­fer­ences in the field of Cy­ber Space and re­lated is­sues, on 23 & 24 Novem­ber 2017, at Ae­roc­ity, New Delhi. The Hon’ble Prime Min­is­ter of In­dia Shri Naren­dra Modi will in­au­gu­rate the mega event, while Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Hon’ble Min­is­ter of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs will de­liver the key­note ad­dress in the Valedictory func­tion. In­cepted in 2011 in Lon­don, se­cond GCCS was held in 2012 in Bu­dapest with fo­cus on re­la­tion­ship be­tween in­ter­net rights and in­ter­net se­cu­rity, which was at­tended by 700 del­e­gates from nearly 60 coun­tries. The third edi­tion of GCCS was held in 2013 in Seoul with com­mit­ment to Open and Se­cure Cy­berspace. The fourth ver­sion GCCS 2015 was held on April 16-17, 2015 in The Hague, Nether­lands which saw par­tic­i­pa­tion from 97 coun­tries. Themed on Cy­ber4All: A Se­cure and Inclusive Cy­berspace for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment, this is the fifth edi­tion of GCCS wherein in­ter­na­tional lead­ers, pol­i­cy­mak­ers, in­dus­try ex­perts, think tanks and cy­ber ex­perts will gather to de­lib­er­ate on is­sues and chal­lenges for op­ti­mally us­ing cy­ber space. The over­all goals of GCCS 2017 are to pro­mote the im­por­tance of in­clu­sive­ness and hu­man rights in global cy­ber policy, to de­fend the sta­tus quo of an open, in­ter­op­er­a­ble and un­reg­i­mented cy­berspace, to cre­ate po­lit­i­cal com­mit­ment for ca­pac­ity build­ing ini­tia­tives to ad­dress the dig­i­tal di­vide and as­sist coun­tries, and to de­velop se­cu­rity so­lu­tions in a bal­anced fash­ion that duly ac­knowl­edge the im­por­tance of the pri­vate sec­tor and tech­ni­cal com­mu­nity. While brief­ing the press, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Min­is­ter for Elec­tron­ics & IT and Law & Jus­tice, said, “This is a his­toric mo­ment for all of us to host the Fifth edi­tion of the Global Con­fer­ence of Cy­berspace in In­dia. I be­lieve it is recog­ni­tion of In­dia’s emerg­ing role as a mas­sive cy­ber power, ac­cel­er­ated by the Dig­i­tal In­dia push, which has ac­quired in­ter­na­tional ac­knowl­edg­ment. The GCCS 2017 is cer­tainly in ac­cord with the Hon’ble Prime Min­is­ter’s vi­sion to trans­form In­dia into a dig­i­tally em­pow­ered coun­try. GCCS 2017 will give the world’s cy­ber com­mu­nity a unique op­por­tu­nity to learn from global ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­pert in­sight, and dis­cover more about the tech­nol­ogy led trans­for­ma­tion be­ing en­gi­neered in In­dia. As In­dia is poised to be­come a US$1 Tril­lion dig­i­tal econ­omy and lead the dig­i­tal revo­lu­tion in the world, it is im­per­a­tive to for­mu­late and put across a ro­bust cy­ber space.” “The GCCS 2017 is go­ing to be four times big­ger than its pre­vi­ous edi­tion in terms of its mag­ni­tude. The last con­fer­ence held in The Nether­lands saw about 1800 del­e­gates, and I am happy to an­nounce that we have over 10000 del­e­gates who will par­tic­i­pate in per­son. There will also be vir­tual par­tic­i­pa­tion from over 2800 lo­ca­tions across the world will be con­nected in an in­ter­ac­tive mode. We have had over 40 Run-up events around the world since March 2017 to pre­cede the main event that re­ceived an un­prece­dented re­sponse from the policy mak­ers, in­dus­try, academia, civil so­ci­ety and think tanks. We look for­ward to co­op­er­a­tion and knowl­edge shar­ing among coun­tries to im­ple­ment and repli­cate suc­cess­ful ini­tia­tives as one of the ma­jor ex­pected out­comes of this con­fer­ence. ”added Shri Prasad.

GCCS 2017: Key High­lights

• Tens of thou­sands of del­e­gates (Both in per­son and through We­bi­nar/ Video Con­fer­ence from around the world). Mil­lions will watch over we­b­cast from 5 Con­fer­ence lo­ca­tions at the venue

• Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 124 coun­tries

• 33 Min­is­te­rial del­e­gates from 31 coun­tries al­ready in­clud­ing PM of Sri Lanka

• 2800 lo­ca­tions to be vir­tu­ally con­nected in an in­ter­ac­tive mode

• 15 Par­al­lel ses­sions & 12 Side events

• Par­tic­i­pa­tion of policy mak­ers, in­dus­try, academia, civil so­ci­ety and think tanks

• Grand Fi­nale of world­wide Peace-a-thon Events The ple­nary ses­sions and other ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing GCCS 2017 have been de­signed around the themes of Cy­ber4In­clu­sive Growth, Cy­ber4Dig­i­talIn­clu­sion, Cy­ber4Se­cu­rity and Cy­ber4Di­plo­macy. Dur­ing var­i­ous ses­sions and ac­tiv­i­ties fo­cused around these themes, GCCS 2017 will bring forth the busi­ness, em­pow­er­ment and de­vel­op­men­tal po­ten­tial of Cy­ber space for re­al­iz­ing the goals of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment. GCCS 2017 in In­dia is go­ing to be the big­gest ever cy­ber event of its kind. In­clud­ing about 35 run up events, more than ten thou­sand del­e­gates from more than 123 coun­tries are ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate in per­son • About 7000 in run-up events

held by Academia, Civil So­ci­ety, In­dus­try and Policy Mak­ers since March, 2017 in In­dia and abroad.

• More than 1000 in 13 Cur­tain Raiser Events

• More than 2000 (about 700 from abroad and 1500 from In­dia) in 18 Ple­nary & Par­al­lel Ses­sions and 12 Side Events on Novem­ber 23 and 24 33 min­is­ters from var­i­ous na­tions deal­ing with the sub­ject mat­ter of cy­ber space (ICT or sim­i­lar min­istries in some coun­tries and For­eign Min­istry in oth­ers) have al­ready con­firmed. Prime Min­is­ter of Sri Lanka also is ex­pected to come for the in­au­gu­ral cer­e­mony. More than 7000 peo­ple have al­ready reg­is­tered on the web­site; only 2500 will get their in­vites to the con­fer­ence. Till now, some of the em­i­nent speak­ers at the con­fer­ence who have al­ready con­firmed par­tic­i­pa­tion in­clude Min­is­ters from var­i­ous coun­tries such as France, Rus­sia, Is­rael, Kaza­khstan, Mex­ico, Por­tu­gal, Bangladesh and the United King­dom; Mr. Houlin Zhao (Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, In­ter­na­tional Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion Union); Mr. Mukesh Am­bani (Chair­man, MD, RIL); Mr. Su­nil Bharti Mit­tal (Founder and Chair­man, Bharti En­ter­prises); Mr. Tarek Kamel (Se­nior Ad­vi­sor to Pres­i­dent & SPV, Govern­ment And IGO En­gage­ment, ICANN); Ms. Ma­rina Kal­i­ju­rand (Chair, Global Com­mis­sion on Sta­bil­ity of Cy­ber Space, Es­to­nia); Mr. David Marti­non (Am­bas­sador for Cy­ber Diplo­macy and the Dig­i­tal Econ­omy, France); Mr. Uriël "Uri" Rosen­thal (Ex- For­eign Min­is­ter, The Nether­lands); Mr. Lalitesh Ka­tra­gadda(Founder, Google Map Maker); Mr. Veni Markovski (Bul­gar­ian In­ter­net pi­o­neer, Co­founder and CEO of bol.bg); Ms. De­b­jani Ghosh (Former MD, In­tel, South Asia); Mr. Sau­rabh Sri­vas­tava (Found­ing Mem­ber, In­dian An­gel Net­work); Mr. Paul Wilson (Direc­tor Gen­eral, APNIC). The list of il­lus­tri­ous speak­ers from around the world can be viewed at www.gccs2017.in/speaker. In a first ever ini­tia­tive, 800 lo­ca­tions for Video Con­fer­ence and 2000 lo­ca­tions are be­ing made avail­able for Live We­bi­nar across the world. As­sum­ing av­er­age par­tic­i­pa­tion of about 10 at each lo­ca­tion, nearly thirty thou­sand per­sons are ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate vir­tu­ally dur­ing live ses­sions and even ask ques­tions. This has been made pos­si­ble us­ing a com­bi­na­tion of NIC VC (200 lo­ca­tions) and Learn­ing Man­age­ment Sys­tem (2600) lo­ca­tions. 6 oldest IITs and IISc are among aca­demic part­ners of the GCCS. Lead­ing multi­na­tion­als, SBI and PNB also are among the spon­sors. In a first time ever ini­tia­tive, a world­wide Hackathon and Ap­pathonare be­ing hosted by top Uni­ver­si­ties world­wide. 15 win­ning teams will compete in the grand fi­nale in Delhi dur­ing Cur­tain Raiser. Prize winners are pro­posed to be hon­oured by the Hon’ble PM.

GCCS 2017 - A Truly Dig­i­tal One: A web-based Por­tal and a unique app have been cre­ated to in­ter-alia in­clude the fol­low­ing so as to have a less-pa­per Con­fer­ence:

• Pre-reg­is­tra­tion on the web by the tar­get group

• Work-flow based ver­i­fi­ca­tion by Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs and Min­istry of Home Af­fairs (in­clud­ing IB)

• Ap­proval and gen­er­a­tion of In­vi­ta­tion Let­ter

• Con­fir­ma­tion by the ap­pli­cant and sub­se­quent gen­er­a­tion of dis­count codes for travel and stay.

• Fi­nal travel pro­gramme (in­clud­ing ho­tel stay)

• Re­cep­tion at flights / ho­tels

• As­sign­ment of blocks

• Elec­tronic check-in to ses­sions

• Chat among del­e­gates and fix­ing of ap­point­ments for side meet­ings.

• E-Food Coupons

• Pri­or­ity of ques­tions for checked in users

The ten­ta­tive pro­gram for GCCS 2017 has been planned on the lines of pre­vi­ous con­fer­ences to en­sure uni­for­mity and con­ti­nu­ity of GCCS. The de­tailed pro­gram has also been made avail­able on https://gccs2017. in/. The con­fer­ence is planned as a two-day event which will in­clude an in­au­gu­ral, ple­nary ses­sions, par­al­lel ses­sions and valedictory ses­sion. GCCS 2017’s struc­ture has tracks with ple­nary ses­sions and par­al­lel ses­sions. These are a mix of key­note ad­dresses, panel dis­cus­sions, par­al­lel ses­sions, along with side events and cur­tain raiser events. Be­sides the con­fer­ence ses­sions, tech­ni­cal poster ex­hi­bi­tion and a dig­i­tal ex­hi­bi­tion show­cas­ing over 20 ex­hibitors from govern­ment, in­dus­try, spon­sors etc. will also be show­cased. As a post con­fer­ence event, we are happy to an­nounce that a doc­toral col­lo­quium co-or­ga­nized by IIT, to learn about the stan­dards/ method­ol­ogy and global re­search prac­tices in e-Gov­er­nance. We are also re­leas­ing a coffee ta­ble book which doc­u­ments 25 suc­cess sto­ries from 5 con­ti­nents. A Coun­try book with thought lead­ers vi­sion­ing the fu­ture of Dig­i­tal In­dia, and its con­tri­bu­tion to a Safe and Peace­ful Cy­ber Space is an­other ex­pected out­put.

Prime Min­is­ter of In­dia Shri Naren­dra Modi

Sushma Swaraj, Hon’ble Min­is­ter of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs

Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Min­is­ter for Elec­tron­ics & IT and Law & Jus­tice

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