The Aadhaar numbers of lakhs of pension beneficiaries were displayed on a government website in Jharkhand, reported the Hindustan Times .
An Aadhaar account holds all the vital information of your being. It has your address, your date of birth, contact number, along with biometric information stored through 10 fingerprint scans and retina scans.
And according to the Aadhaar act, the unique identity number can't be 'published, displayed or posted publicly'.
Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) says that you shouldn't share your Aadhaar number with anyone but the details of lakhs of pensioners in Jharkhand was available to anyone who logged on to the website.
It is unclear for how long the data was displayed. However, by late evening, the website had been blocked, reported the Indian Express .
The security lapse came to light after Unique Identification Authority of India informed the Department of Women and Child & Social Security of the Government in Jharkhand about the major privacy breach.
This comes after a privacy nightmare for cricketer M S Dhoni whose Aadhaar registration details were recently shared on Twitter.
Although it was not some deliberate breach of private data, it showed the callous attitude Indian government agencies, as well in general people, have towards privacy and private data in India.
And now, the leak of the unique identity number of pension beneficiaries in Jharkhand has once again raised questions on the government which has made Aadhaar mandatory to get benefits of a variety of government schemes and services.