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CIA has access to your Aadhaar data: WikiLeaks
Well, this seems to be the story. According to a document published by WikiLeaks, the CIA seems to have already gained access to Aadhaar database.

As per the document, the spying agency gained the access through a Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) certified company Cross Match. Cross Match had been in the news earlier as well when it was reported that the US military had made use of a product by this company to identify Osama bin Laden while the operation to assassinate him was ongoing.

"The OTS (Office of Technical Services), a branch within the CIA, has a biometric collection system that is provided to liaison services around the world – with the expectation for sharing of the biometric takes collected on the systems," WikiLeaks said on its website.

As per the report in WikiLeaks, the CIA's Office of Technical Services department has used ExpressLane to get access to the Aadhaar data. While the Indian officials have dismissed the allegations claiming that the Aadhaar data is encrypted from source end and cannot be accessed midway but what makes things murkier is that Cross Match Technologies is the company that has also been known for providing biometric solutions to UIDAI and in fact was one of the first companies to supply biometric technology to UIDAI.

"Have CIA spies already stolen #India's national ID card database?" WikiLeaks wrote on its Twitter account.

Minutes later, the official handle of WikiLeaks sent out another Tweet saying, "Has the CIA already stolen India's #Aadhaar database?," and even provided a link to an article that made these claims.

The news of Aadhaar data not being secure is not new. In a recent hearing, the government accepted in the Supreme Court that the Aadhaar data was publicly accessible on 210 government websites. The data was later taken down.

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