Andhra Pradesh Assures Citizens Their Personal Data Is Safe

Andhra Pradesh Assures Citizens Their Personal Data Is Safe

Dismissing the allegations of data leakage from the Authorities database, the Andhra Pradesh government on Tuesday said the citizens need not be concerned about the security of their personal Information.

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

Police claimed that the firm had illegal access to personal data of taxpayers and it had been using the same for an app developed for TDP cadres to assist them in voter profiling in view of ensuing elections.

Vijayanand, however, stated that the authorities so as to take complete advantage of Aadhaar-based applications for the benefit of its own citizens, linked virtual IDs of households including the socio-economic specifics along with the demographics with the taxpayers’ consent.

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

He said the whole action was compliant with Aadhaar Act 2016 and the data was used just for the purpose advised to the taxpayers.

He explained’People’s Hub’ data was not available on the Internet and it can be employed by the registered government agencies for the specified functions. The data is encrypted and saved at the servers of State Data Centre (SDC) owned by the state authorities.

To keep a vigil on almost any unauthorised attempts to get government servers, the use of data and tracking transactions, the authorities setup AP Cyber Security Operations Centre (APCSOC), stated Vijayanand.

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