The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has clarified that stringent security features have been implemented in the Aadhaar system in order to prevent any unauthorised capture of data or transmission of data. The UIDAI has made the clarification after reports emerged that Wiki Leaks hinted that the American intelligence agency, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had allegedly accessed the sensitive biometric data from the Aadhaar database. UIDAI, while dismissing the allegations said, stated that the Aadhaar biometric capture system, which has been developed in India, has adequate and robust security features to prevent the possibility of unauthorised capture and transmission of information linked to any biometric device being used, according to newswire agency PTI.
UIDAI has stated that the misinformation has been spread by entities which have vested interests. The statement released by the UIDAI stated ”Some vested interests are spreading misinformation. As ‘cross match’ is one of the devices used in biometric devices used in the Aadhaar ecosystem, the biometrics captured by Aadhaar is allegedly unauthorisedly accessed by others”. UIDAI has reiterated that data has not been compromised. The government body has also said that the Aadhaar system has been extensively tested internally and externally and has been certified by Standardised Testing Quality Certification (STQC), as per the report.
The Unique Identification Authority of India also stated that the biometric identifier has been issued to more than 117 crore people and that close to 4 crore authentications take place every day. The statement also mentioned that till date there hasn’t been a single case of theft of identity, leak of biometric data or financial loss to any Aadhaar card holder due to the card, as per the PTI report.