Shocking! Maharashtra admits it lost Aadhaar data of three lakh people

Data loss, but no seemingly big risk of data misuse:

Maharashtra government has lost data of about three lakh people collected under the controversial Aadhaar scheme, mostly from Mumbai who enrolled into the number scheme.

According to a report in the Times of India, the data containing permanent account number (PAN) and biometric information was lost while being uploaded from Mumbai to Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) server in Bengaluru. “While the transmission was in progress, the hard disk containing data crashed. When the data was downloaded in Bangalore, it could not be decrypted,” the newspaper report said quoting an official from Maharashtra information technology (IT) department, which is overseeing the enrolment of citizens.

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Three lakh is 300,000 people. And if you’re wondering as to whether there was a backup, the Times of India reports that those whose data were lost will have to re-register for their Aadhaar ID – a time-consuming a frustrating process.  Was there no backup of the drive??

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