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Aadhaar leaks are troubling, but what about the daily trickle?

Aadhaar leaks are troubling, but what about the daily trickle?
08 May 2017
  • While the response to the introduction of Aadhaar has been majorly positive, in the recent light of leaks, it has ushered in intense skepticism against it.
  • The idea of losing one's personal data may raise eyebrows but this is not a black and white comparison since people share data to organizations that are not even based in the country.
  • How? Read to find out.

  • Your online shopping destination
    Online shopping
  • When someone is shopping on the e-commerce platforms they are sharing two important information with them. First is the phone number and second, the address, which is usually of the user's home or workplace.
  • Along with this people have been sharing their shopping patterns, frequency of buying products, all of which are being fed into an algorithm to give shoppers "suggested" contents for perusal.

  • Even giants fail to protect themselves
    Amazon
  • Before you smugly refute by saying this is harmless; this April a major scam was discovered in Amazon, where hackers broke into the sellers' accounts using email and password credentials to commit frauds of millions.
  • Amazon is one of the biggest e-commerce platforms out there and it's a given that they don't take security lightly but still this incident took place.

  • You don't need to be a genius to hack someone
    WhatsApp
  • One of the most popular messaging apps that are used on an everyday basis is WhatsApp and it is comforting to know that it has an end-to-end encryption running.
  • However, recently hackers in India have started making use of Security Verification Code feature to hack into a person's WhatsApp account and siphoning all the information to later use it for blackmailing purposes.

  • There is enough information available to get you into trouble
    Facebook
  • Every time you divulge details on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media platforms, chances are, you might get hacked and this information could get leaked outside.
  • Even if it doesn't, Facebook uses this information to give advertisers on its platform, an insight on what you like so that they can cater things accordingly.
  • Considering the amount of information people make available, it's scary.

  • Even the basics are not doing well
    Google & Yahoo
  • Yahoo was at its pinnacle, but when it was discovered that the data of millions of users have become public due to a major hacking attack on their mail servers, the firm's backbone broke.
  • One can literally write a novella titled "Google scams, spams and hacks" and lately a Google docs scam, which gives hackers access to your Gmail accounts, is also doing rounds.

  • Your enemy is already here
    Cyber crimes
  • Cyber threats are rampant these days but it is unfair to peg things on a government, which is at least going to have liability, if something goes amiss.
  • You don't share your credit information in Aadhaar; the information you give can be easily acquired with some data mining and if someone wants to misuse iris and fingerprints, they need you, not prints.

  • Privacy Act, the only safeguard in troubling times
    Privacy Act
  • Under no circumstances should one be less concerned about their data security and it's a welcoming sign that there has been an increase in awareness among Indian citizens.
  • But instead of playing the blame game, Indians should ask for a Privacy Act that will safeguard their interests from both the government and private players' misuse.
  • That is the need of the hour.



  • This post first appeared on NewsBytes: Latest News, Breaking News India, Today News, Current News, please read the originial post: here

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