Booked for exposing data breach

IN Media Watch Briefs | 07/01/2018

 When a journalist tries to do an investigative story  by pretending to be a client for an advertised service, she risks  being booked for impersonation, apparently.  Indian Express reports that the  UIDAI has filed an FIR against the paper and the  reporter of The Tribune of Chandigarh for an article on how anonymous users accessed Aadhaar details and sold it for a fee. The Punjab Press Club has passed a resolution condemning the FIR and asking for its immediate withdrawal.                                                                 

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