Ola employee detained for data theft from Aadhaar website


BENGALURU: Bengaluru’s Central Crime Branch police have detained Abhinav Srivastav (31), a software development engineer working in Ola’s head office at Koramangala, in link with a complaint lodged by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) over him and Qarth Technologies, which was obtained by Ola in March in year 2016, for mistreatment of Aadhaar detailed acquired from its website with no verification.

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The complaint alleged that Srivastav has developed a mobile app containing Aadhaar-related information, which is hosted in the National Informatics Centre server, and he illegally used it to support the application. By exposing private information of Indian citizens, Srivastav has committed a very serious crime, UIDAI said.

On July 26, the complaint was lodged at the High Ground Police Station and it was afterward moved to Cyber Crime police. However, Srivastav allegedly went secretive, the cops were able to place and detain him.

As per police officials, Srivastav is a resident of Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh and graduated from IIT-Kharagpur.

Police stated he had unlawfully get data from an e-hospital server to create lodged the complaint.

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“Ola has neither commissioned nor is involved in any such activity. No such complaint has been brought to our notice,“ an Ola spokesperson stated.