Personal data of a billion Indians sold online for £6, report claims

Personal data of a billion Indians sold online for £6, report claims

Newspaper says it bought access to details from world’s largest biometric database, used to administer public services

The personal information of more than a billion Indians stored in the world’s largest biometric database can be bought online for less than £6, according to an investigation by an Indian newspaper.

The reported breach is the latest in a series of alleged leaks from the Aadhaar database, which has been collecting the photographs, thumbprints, retina scans and other identifying details of every Indian citizen.

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