Shooting the messenger

When global giants such as Facebook, Google, Twitter and PayPal have “bug bounty programs” — wherein they offer recognition and prize money for reporting security bugs — it is unfathomable how the UIDAI only thinks of filing an FIR against a reporter for reporting security breaches (“UIDAI under fire for FIR against scribe”, January 8). A closed loop feedback system is imperative to ensure the efficient and effective working of such a system. Such an act would also dissuade cyber experts from exploring issues with the Aadhaar database. Incidentally, India is said to have the second largest number of bug hunters in the world. The UIDAI should take a cue from the Election Commission, which organised a hackathon so that its systems could be tested in a transparent manner.

Sachin V.K.,

Washim, Maharashtra

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