Punishment for stealing UID data? $208K

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, 30 June 2010, 02:52 Hrs   |    12 Comments
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Punishment for stealing UID data? $208K
New Delhi: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is all set to ensure data security and maintain secrecy of information and in case of breach of privacy or impersonation, one can be fined 1 crore. For disclosing identity information, impersonation, giving wrong biometrics and unauthorised access to data, the draft bill proposes to make UIDAI a statutory body and provides for strict penalty, reports Mahendra Kumar Singh of the Economic Times.

The draft says that a person will be imprisoned upto three years or will have to pay a fine upto 10,000 if he or she "intentionally discloses, transmits, copies or otherwise disseminates any identity information collected in the course of enrollment or authentication to any person not authorised".

In the case of a company, the fine may extend to 1 lakh. Any person caught accessing Central Identities Data Repository (central databank) and is not authorised by UIDAI will be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and will be liable to a fine which shall not be less than 1 crore.

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