It said all safeguards were set up for data protection and clarified that the procedures followed for information storage and protection were consistent with the prevailing Acts.
Police claimed that the firm had illegal access to private data of taxpayers and it had been using the same for an program developed for TDP cadres to assist them in voter profiling in view of consequent elections.
Vijayanand, nevertheless, stated that the authorities in order to take full advantage of Aadhaar-based applications for the benefit of its own citizens, linked virtual IDs of all households including the socio-economic details along with the demographics with the taxpayers’ consent.
The repository of the data is known as’People’s Hub’ and also the process of collecting information is known as’Praja Saadhikara Survey’ or’Smart Pulse Survey’ that is a continuous action.
He said the entire activity was compliant with all Aadhaar Act 2016 and the information was used only for the purpose advised to the taxpayers.
He explained’People’s Hub’ information wasn’t available online and it may be used by the registered government bureaus for the specified functions. The data is encrypted and stored in the servers of State Data Centre (SDC) possessed by the state government.
To keep a vigil on almost any unauthorised attempts to access government servers, the use of data and monitoring transactions, the government set up AP Cyber Security Operations Centre (APCSOC), said Vijayanand.
“The information can’t be accessed by unauthorised agencies and any usage of data can be traced using the cyber-security expertise housed in APCSOC. Nobody can access the data without even leaving a trace,” he explained.