After a twitter user tweeted the letter of Central Provident Fund Commissioner, the concerns around personal and professional data safety of over 2.7 crore subscribers of EPFO came to the picture. In the letter written by Central Provident Fund Commissioner Dr VP Joy and addressed to Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said that hackers had stolen data from the EPFO's aadhaar seeding portal. At the same time, he asked the technical team of the ministry to look into the vulnerabilities on the epfo services aadhaar portal.
To this effect, the retirement fund body asserted "EPFO has been taking all the necessary precautions and measures to ensure that no data leakage takes place and will continue to be vigilant about it in future". Simultaneously it assured of the safety of the data.
Furthermore, the body said that the news pertains to the common service centre (CSC) and has nothing to do with data or software centres. It added, "warnings regarding vulnerabilities in data or software is a routine administrative process based on the services which were rendered through Common Services Centres have been discontinued with effect from March 22, 2018."
In a statement the retirement fund body said, "As part of the data security and protection, EPFO has taken advance action by closing the server and host service through Common Service Centres pending vulnerability checks".