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Andhra Pradesh govt dismisses data theft allegations

ANI | Updated: Mar 06, 2019 01:06 IST

Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh), [India], Mar 5 (ANI): The Andhra Pradesh government on Tuesday dismissed allegations of data theft, stating that the state is among the first to reach complete saturation of Aadhaar.
"The state of Andhra Pradesh is one of the first states to reach complete saturation of Aadhaar. The repository of Aadhar data is called as ‘People’s  Hub’ and the process of collecting data voluntarily from the citizens using informed consent is called as PrajaSaadhikaara Survey or Smart Pulse Survey, which is an ongoing activity. The complete activity is compliant with all the Sections and Regulations of Aadhaar Act 2016," read a statement issued by the IT department of the state.
"Complying with the Aadhaar Act, the Govt of Andhra Pradesh has taken ‘informed consent’ from the citizens before collecting the information and used the data only for the purposes informed to the citizens such as for providing more than 26 Lakh new ration cards, enrolling more than 4.5 Lakh unemployed youth under Mukhyamanthri Yuva Nestham scheme, ensuring settlement of compensation for the victims of Titli Cyclone in a record time etc.," it added.
The state government assured that Aadhaar data, including the demographics and the biometrics of the citizens, is stored only in the ‘Central Identity Repository (CIDR)’ of UIDAI in a secured manner."
"It is also important to know that People Hub data is not available on the internet. The data in People Hub can only be accessed by the Registered Govt Agencies for the specific purposes mentioned above using high level secured protocols cannot be accessed by any unauthorised agencies," it said.
Dismissing all the claims of data leakage, the IT department said the state government has commenced a unique cyber security wing called ‘APCSOC’ (AP Cyber Security Operations Center) to keep a vigil on the usage of data and monitoring transactions.

"The government of Andhra Pradesh Strongly dismisses the claim of the data leakage from Government databases, as all the procedures followed are consistent with the prevailing Acts. The data cannot be accessed by unauthorised agencies and any usage of data can be traced using the Cyber Security Expertise housed in APCSOC.  Nobody can access the data without leaving a trace. We also assure that the citizens of Andhra Pradesh need not be concerned about the security of their personal data and shall be protected."

Earlier in the day, Andhra Pradesh Information and Public Relations Minister Kaluva Srinivasulu said that the issue of theft of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) data in Hyderabad was discussed in the state cabinet meeting which was held today. "The cabinet has found that the Telangana government is causing troubles to Andhra Pradesh government is unfortunate. There is no data leakage from the Andhra Pradesh government. Data of beneficiaries of various welfare schemes are available in the public domain. The TRS govt is exposed of leaking TDP data and sharing it to YSRCP, and so it is spreading lies that Andhra Pradesh government data is leaked. Also, Aadhar data is not in the hands of state government."

Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh IT Principal secretary K Vijayanand said "No government data is leaked. The information of the citizens is in safe custody and it cannot be pilfered." (ANI)