Andhra Pradesh Assures Citizens Their Personal Data Is Safe

Dismissing the allegations of Information leakage from the government database, the Andhra Pradesh government on Tuesday said the Taxpayers need not be concerned about the Safety of their Private Information.

It stated all safeguards were in place for data protection and explained that the procedures followed for information storage and protection were consistent with the prevailing Acts.

Police claimed the company had illegal access to private information of taxpayers and it had been using the exact same for an program developed for TDP cadres to assist them in voter profiling in perspective of consequent elections.

Vijayanand, however, said that the authorities so as to take full advantage of Aadhaar-based applications for the benefit of its own citizens, linked virtual IDs of households including the socio-economic details along with the demographics with the citizens’ approval.

The repository of this data is called’People’s Hub’ and also the process of collecting data is called’Praja Saadhikara Survey’ or’Smart Pulse Survey’ which is a continuous activity.

He explained the entire action was compliant with Aadhaar Act 2016 and the information was being used just for the purpose informed to the citizens.

He explained’People’s Hub’ data was not available online and it can be employed by the enrolled government agencies for the specified purposes. The data is encrypted and stored at the servers of State Data Centre (SDC) owned by the state government.

To maintain a vigil on any unauthorised attempts to access government servers, the use of information and monitoring trades, the authorities set up AP Cyber Security Operations Centre (APCSOC), said Vijayanand.

“The data can’t be accessed by unauthorised agencies and any usage of data could be traced using the cyber-security experience housed in APCSOC. Nobody may access the information without leaving a trace,” he explained.

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