The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on 5 January 2018 dismissed reports of misuse of Aadhaar data, asserting that Aadhaar system is secure and any misuse can be traced as it maintains complete log of various functions.
It was recently revealed that Aadhaar details are being made available on payment of Rs 500 by anonymous sellers on WhatsApp. On this, UIDAI stated that there has not been any Aadhaar data breach.
The authority claims that the Aadhaar data, including biometric information, is fully safe and secure. Rather, the reported case appears to be instance of misuse of the grievance redressal search facility.
Aadhaar data is safe and secure
• The “search facility” has been made available for grievance redressal to designated personnel and State government officials to help residents, that too only upon entering their Aadhaar number.
• Even the grievance redressal search facility offers only limited access to name and other details and has no access to biometric details.
• The Aadhaar data remains fully safe secure with highest encryption at UIDAI and mere display of demographic information cannot be misused without biometrics.
• UIDAI maintains the complete log and traceability of the facility and any misuse can be traced and appropriate action can be taken thereafter.
• Aadhaar number is not a secret number, as it needs to be shared with authorised agencies whenever an Aadhaar holder wants to avail a service or benefit of government welfare schemes.
• So, mere availability of Aadhaar number will not be a security threat or will not lead to financial or any other fraud. For a successful authentication, fingerprint or iris scan of individual is also required.
UIDAI launches mAadhaar app for syncing Aadhaar data on mobile phone
What: Stated by UIDAI
When: 5 January 2018