People ready to get naked before white men for visa but questions Aadhaar: Union minister KJ Alphons

25 March 2018, 10:51 PM
Alphons says people ready to get naked before white man for visa (Source: ANI)
Alphons says people ready to get naked before white man for visa (Source: ANI)

KJ Alphons on Sunday claimed that the Indians have no problem in getting body naked before the white man for a visa but question the government’s policy of Aadhaar and say it is an intrusion into privacy.

To this remark of Alphons, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury slammed the Union Minister saying the statement is very undemocratic and wrong, and that it is an attack on people’s individuality.

Alphons, who is the Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, gave a statement to ANI and was responding to the opposition parties’ anti-Aadhaar statements about data safety.

He said, “I filled up to 10 pages for US Visa form. We have absolutely no problem giving our fingerprints&getting body naked before the white man at all. When your own govt asks for your name&address there is a massive revolution saying it's intrusion in privacy.”

To this statement of the MoS, Yechury responded by saying that the question was not whether the people are unwilling to share information, but the question arises about Centre’s intention behind collecting the data on basis of Aadhaar.

He said, “The personal information of people is their personal liberty, which is also their constitutional right. This is very undemocratic and wrong. It's an attack on people's individuality.”

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The statement by Alphons comes after Congress president Rahul Gandhi took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and blamed him of data breaching to US based behavioural analytics companies through the BJP-powered ‘NaMo’ app.

Gandhi tweeted “Hi! My name is Narendra Modi. I am India's Prime Minister. When you sign up for my official App, I give all your data to my friends in American companies. Ps. Thanks mainstream media, you're doing a great job of burying this critical story, as always.”

The BJP, in its defence, said that Rahul Gandhi and his party have zero knowledge about technology and all they do is scare the people and continue to steal the data themselves. The party also said that the details needed to register for the ‘NaMo’ app is contextual and cause-specific, and moreover, users can use the app in ‘guest mode’ without revealing any data.

Alphons, on the other hand, said that the PM will never allow data breach and that every personal information of a person’s Aadhaar is with the UIDAI only.

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He said, “What is given in Aadhaar are just name and address. Your bio-metric data is with UIDAI and let me assure you that it has not been breached, its absolutely secure. We have given authorisation to govt agencies to access. You think Prime Minister is going to give your data to a private company! Don't believe such fake stories.”

The UIDAI had given clarification over Aadhaar data breach on Saturday and said that reports of a leak of data by ZDNet, a technology news portal, is all false and that there is “absolutely no breach” of its database.

First Published: Sunday, March 25, 2018 09:42 PM
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