Aadhaar: TRAI chief RS Sharma's challenge boomeranged as his personal info gets disclosed
Moments after RS Sharma, Chairman of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), shared his Aadhaar number on Twitter with a challenge to 'harm him' on Sunday, several people revealed his personal information, like permanent account number (PAN), his date of birth, mobile numbers, and residential address. Some even claimed to have created a profile on e-shopping sites using these credentials.
 
The TRAI Chairman neither accepted nor rejected whether the information revealed on Twitter belonged to him or no. 
  
In a series of tweets on Saturday, a French security expert, who goes by the nickname Elliot Alderson and uses twitter handle @fs0c131y, caused ripples on the social media, leaking "personal address, DoB, your alternate phone number" and explaining to Mr Sharma, the TRAI chairman, how risky it was to make the Aadhaar number public.
 
"People managed to get your personal address, DoB and your alternate phone number. I stop here, I hope you will understand why make your Aadhaar number public is not a good idea," Alderson wrote.
 
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Suresh Deshmukh

2 months ago

I hold this portal - Moneylife - in very high esteem for the forthright views, stories and opinions - but except in matters related with Aadhaar. Almost everyday, stories trying to show Aadhaar in very bad light are being churned out. They stretch things to very ridiculous levels at times. I am at a loss to understand why Moneylife appears to have made anti-Aadhaar stand as their journalistic policy, putting their own credibility at stake.
Very sad and hurting!

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Shivram Ramakrishnan

In Reply to Suresh Deshmukh 2 months ago

Hi Suresh, You perfectly expressed my thoughts. I am still unable to fathom how knowing someone’s PAN number or email ID is more dangerous than giving an identity to a lot of people and ensuring benefits are targeted to the right group? I am yet to see a convincing argument in this regard. Merely asking people to read up on privacy and then discuss is insufficient argument.

Venkatraman Narayanan

2 months ago

Please don’t give credence to frauds such as Elliot Anderson etc.

Anindya Bhattacharya

2 months ago

Can Moneylife digital team suggest me a way to know if any particular MP / MLA in India have Aadhaar card?

Anindya Bhattacharya

2 months ago

May I request Moneylife team to put in perspective "What privacy is in today's context?" through a well researched article.

Mahesh S Bhatt

2 months ago

Overconfidence gifted stupid Telecom Companies Government Ministers ( Sinisters) Mahesh Bhatt

Narayan

2 months ago

Very bad journalism. The so-called ethical have failed miserably to prove that you can harm anyone if you know their aadhar number. They could crack aadhar database, they simply googled and turned in the info available there. Sharma is public servant, much of the information they claim to have gathered is widely available on government site. Nobody can harm him with such data. Please stop criticizing aadhar.

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Venkatraman Narayanan

In Reply to Narayan 2 months ago

Completely agree. Sucheta has a problem with uidai and so propping up such articles. I am not sure if anybody is independent.

Roy Aranha

2 months ago

Something terribly wrong with claims and arguments about the safety of ones personal information and security

Saravanan R

2 months ago

This confirms there is bigger conspiracy by anti bjp forces to discourage digital transactions and to support black money generation.

Vivek Silla

2 months ago



https://thewire.in/tech/trai-rs-sharma-daughter-kavita/amp/

atul naik

2 months ago

What boomeranged? Challenge was to harm. No one has been able to do that.

Mihir A. Kulkarni

2 months ago

Disappointed with the article. Should have done more research. There is another thread where all claims are refuted with proof and source of information that Anderson revealed is provided.

Magesh Kuppan

2 months ago

If phone, email id and address is available in public domain, then why cry that "privacy is affected because of Aadhaar "

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Saravanan R

In Reply to Magesh Kuppan 2 months ago

True.

Delhi HC and Madras High Courts Allow Filing Tax Returns without Aadhaar
The Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed the Income Tax (I-T) Department to provide an additional button on its tax-filing portal to allow filing of tax returns without Aadhaar number. 
 
The High Court also gave relief to two professionals, Shreya Sen and Jayshree Satpute, from quoting Aadhaar number for filing their income tax returns (ITRs). 
 
On a plea that they are not the only ones who are being forced to obtain Aadhaar number for filing tax return, the High Court directed the I-T Dept to put an optional button on its web portal for filing online tax returns without the Aadhaar number.
 
Separately, the Madras High Court also allowed nine petitioners to file their ITRs without quoting their Aadhaar or enrolment numbers. According to a report from Bar & Bench, the Division Bench of Justices MM Sundresh and Anand Venkatesh opined that an order allowing the filing of manual returns would not be prejudicial to the Income Tax (IT) authorities. The Court observed that if the Supreme Court decides to uphold the Constitutionality of Aadhaar, then the petitioners would have to file their ITR again by quoting Aadhaar.
 
The Court passed the...
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sumit khanduja

2 months ago

This high court orders should be welcome coz aadhar is violating article 21 of consitution. And how many politicians do have aadhar card?

Dindayal Maurya

2 months ago

The Powerful, Backmoney , Shell company holder are misusing the law in guise of confidentiality act.
Then what is the use of aadhar law why not the court dare and take full responsibilty of it consequences and Scrap it. Court is just paving way to protect the corrupt, blackmoney holder and money launderer.
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SIVASANKARAN E M

2 months ago

The courts are m aking the life difficult for the lay Man while the powerful approach the courts to for the relief

NPCI ask banks to stop Aadhaar-based payments through UPI and IMPS
The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has asked banks to discontinue Aadhar-based payments through the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) and Immediate Payment System (IMPS) channels. Pay to Aadhaar is an additional functionality in UPI and IMPS where the payer can transfer funds to the beneficiary using Aadhaar number. Separately, NPCI also asked banks to stop giving cashbacks on using Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) to all users, except new ones. 
 
Quoting a 17 July 2018 circular issued by NPCI to banks, a report from Financial Express says (https://www.financialexpress.com/money/discontinue-aadhaar-based-payments-through-upi-and-imps-npci-tells-banks/1251410/), “Aadhaar number is a sensitive information and the revised framework about its usage in the payment landscape is still evolving. With this background, we proposed removal of ‘Pay to Aadhaar’ functionality in both UPI and IMPS before the steering committee (meeting held on 5 July 2018). The proposal of removing the Aadhaar number functionality was approved by the steering committee.”
 
From 31 August 2018, the 'Pay to Aadhaar' function would be removed from both UPI and IMPS. “All member...
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Hemant Chitale

2 months ago

What is NPCI doing about the mapper ? Does it maintain a history of updates to the mapper ? Does it allow multiple bank accounts with priority levels / monetary limits to be associated with the same Aadhaar number ?

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