The Fault in Aadhaars


The Fault in Aadhaars

Illustration: Akshita Monga/Arré


n the latest episode of India’s longest-running crime drama, the government sort-of admitted yesterday that there were a few pretty serious security flaws in the Aadhaar system. The tacit admission came via the introduction of a new virtual ID and limited KYC details. The move comes a few days after an an explosive investigative story by The Tribune, in which a journalist accessed 1 billion Aadhaar details for ₹500. In a classic tragicomic move, typical of the way things unfold in India, an FIR was filed against unknown persons, but not the Aadhaar-issuing authority, the UIDAI.