The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) today said the Aadhaar data is safe and secure and there has been no data leak or breach at UIDAI.
UIDAI was responding to a news report, appeared in certain section of media on “210 Government sites made Aadhaar info public” saying Aadhaar data is leaked or breached.
UIDAI said the data available on these websites was placed in public domain as a measure of proactive disclosure under RTI Act by these government and institutional websites which included beneficiaries’ name, address, bank account, and other details including Aadhaar number and was collected from the third party/users for various welfare schemes.
UIDAI said that acting promptly on this, UIDAI and Ministry of Electronics & IT directed the Government departments/ministries to immediately remove it from their websites and ensure that such violation do not occur in future. Certain other measures were also taken at various levels to ensure that such incidents of display of Aadhaar numbers do not take place.
UIDAI said Aadhaar security systems are following the best international standards and Aadhaar data is fully secure.
The Aadhaar numbers which were made public on the websites do not pose any real threat to the people as biometric information is never shared and is secure with highest encryption at UIDAI and mere display of demographic information cannot be misused without biometrics.
The availability of Aadhaar number will not be a security threat or will not lead to financial/other fraud, as for a successful authentication fingerprint or iris of individual is also required. All authentications happen in presence of personnel of respective service provider which further add to the security of the system.
Furthermore, UIDAI security system has people’s participatory security system like Biometric Lock facility available at UIDAI portal which any Aadhaarholder can use to put his/her own lock on one’s biometric by visiting UIDAI’s official website www.uidai.gov.in.