India Today journalist Rahul Kanwal tweeted, "Totally wrong for UIDAI to file an FIR against the journalist who exposed #AadharLeaks If a loophole is pointed out Govt should work on fixing the flaw rather than try to shoot the messenger".
In its reply to the minister UIDAI tweeted it is committed to the freedom of Press even inviting any constructive suggestion the newspaper had to offer.
Criticising Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Twitter, Snowden said instead of an investigation, the journalist needed to be rewarded for exposing that the Aadhaar data was not fullproof and could be obtained at a cost of only Rs 500.
The UIDAI says the breach seems to be a misuse of a grievance redressal scheme that allowed Aadhaar agents to rectify issues like a change in address and wrong spelling of a person's name. "If the government were truly concerned for justice, they would be reforming the policies that destroyed the privacy of a billion Indians", Snowden tweeted. On January 3, Khaira wrote an article that stupefied the citizens. Want to arrest those responsible?
"The sections under which the UIDAI complaint has been registered are 419, 420, and 468 of the IPC, and Section 66 of the IT Act, 2000. We shall explore all legal options open to us to defend our freedom to undertake serious investigative journalism", said the statement released by The Tribune Chief Editor Harish Khare.
Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Alok Kumar confirmed that an FIR had been registered and an investigation launched.
The revelations in the report made headlines in India, with many on social media expressing concern over the security of their personal data.
Indian authorities also filed complaints against three men- Anil Kumar, Sunil Kumar, and a man identified as Raj- who Khaira mentions in her report as having helped The Tribune hack into the Aadhar system, according to The Indian Express.
"Rachna Khaira and The Tribune have done a public service in exposing the security vulnerabilities of India's national identification database", said Steven Butler, CPJ's Asia program coordinator from Washington, D.C. "CPJ urges authorities to take this into account as they consider how to proceed".