World at your fingertips or an invitation for identity theft?The smartphone has become an extension of your hands and literally our identity. We use it often for correspondence, social sites, banking activities and paid services like booking a cab, movie tickets, home deliveries etc. At every step, we give out important details like date of birth, emails, usernames, bank account numbers and now our Aadhaar card number.
But how safe is our personal data? Uber, today is in the news for covering up a major data theft related to 57 million users. This includes people like us who book a cab service via the app.Since the potential loss of brand value was high, the company paid 1,00,000 dollars to hackers to delete all this and hush up the matter.Now the company says 'we will learn from our mistakes'. There would be many companies like Uber that hold our data
If it happens in the West with stringent regulations in place, it looks to me that we, in India would be more vulnerable as all it takes is one or a handful of individual who can give our data away for some easy money.
(Uber data theft and report is from the USA)