EPFO says no data leakage, trashes Aadhaar data theft reports on social media
Following reports being circulated on social media platforms that there are vulnerabilities in the EPFO data, the retirement fund body has written a letter to the Chief Executive Officer, Common Service Centre (CSC) to plug such vulnerabilities. However, EPFO said it has taken this step to ensure safety well before anything happened. A release by Ministry of Labour & Employment says, "EPFO has taken advance action by closing the server and host service through Common Service Centres pending vulnerability checks as part of the data security and protection. EPFO has been taking all necessary precautions and measures to ensure that no data leakage takes place."
In this regard, the release says, it is informed that warnings regarding vulnerabilities in data or software are a routine administrative process based on which the services which were rendered through Common Service Centres have been discontinued w.e.f. March 22, 2018. The news is relating to the services through common service centres and not about EPFO Software or data centre. No confirmed data leakage has been established or observed so far.
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The statement also tells its subscribers that there is nothing to be concerned about and that these news items shoudl be ignored. EPFO is continuously monitoring and will continue to be vigilant about it in future, it says.