M K Madhusoodan
Nearly 100 Gigabytes of data containing details of over a million Indians are suspected to be leaked on public domain. A claim by hackers stated that details of passportsPAN cards, Aadhar cards, voter identity cards and driving licences. But the data leaked was not from any government sources, but from private sources may seem to be a solace. The data thus leaked are offered for sale for a price.
It may be recalled that data related to Covid 19 patients from Kearala was handed over to a American company, Springlr,run by India lste in April which raised hue and cry suspecting data leak of Covid 19 patients. Critics stated that the data managed by Springlr might be sold to pharmaceutical companies. These companies after getting the individual’s medical histoy might use them to promote their products. It is seen as a dangerous move in terms of sensitive medical data of Indians.
The Web experts feel that till Kerala High Court cancelled the contract granted to Springlr by Kerala Government leak on patients’ data might have occurred. The confirmation of no data leak from Government sources strengthens this argument that private stake holders like Springlr might have committed the breach.
The Kerala High Court had ordered late in May that the data bank acquired by Springlr should be handed over to public sector Centre for Development of Imaging (C-DIT).During the short period of High Court order several Covid patients received calls from pharmaceutical company raising alarm from various sources.
It is time a central investigating 100 GB data leak whether like Kerala other states had committed of handing over confidential data of Covid 19 patients.