1. Aadhaar data base hacked by CIA? How UIDAI reacted to claims of leaks

Aadhaar data base hacked by CIA? How UIDAI reacted to claims of leaks

IDAI, while dismissing the allegations said, stated that the Aadhaar biometric capture system has adequate and robust security features to prevent the possibility of unauthorised capture and transmission of information linked to any biometric device being used.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: August 27, 2017 6:42 PM
Aadhaar data leak, Unique Identification Authority of India, UIDAI, Central Intelligence Agency, cia, cia aadhaar data, biometric data, Standardised Testing Quality Certification, STQC UIDAI has stated that the misinformation has been spread by entities which have vested interests.

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.

  1. R
    Reader
    Aug 28, 2017 at 4:47 pm
    Why the United Kingdom's biometrics-linked National Ident-ity Card project to create a centralized register of sensitive information about residents similar to Aadhaar was scrapped in 2010??? The reasons were the massive threat posed to the privacy of people, the possibility of a surveillance state, the dangers of maintaining such a huge centralized repository of sensitive information, and the purposes it could be used for, and the dangers of such a centralized database being hacked. The other reasons were the unreliability of such a large-scale biometric verification processes, and the ethics of using biometric identification.
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    1. R
      Reader
      Aug 28, 2017 at 4:46 pm
      The US Social Security Number (SSN) has no biometric details, no photograph, no physical description and no birth date. All it does is confirm that a particular number has been issued to a particular name. Instead, a driver's license or state ID card is used as an identification for adults. The US government does not collect the biometric details of its own citizens.
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      1. R
        Reader
        Aug 28, 2017 at 4:46 pm
        The privacy laws of the United States deal with several different legal concepts. One is the invasion of privacy, a tort based in common law allowing an aggrieved party to bring a lawsuit against an individual who unlawfully intrudes into his or her private affairs, discloses his or her private information, publicizes him or her in a false light, or appropriates his or her name for personal gain. The essence of the law derives from a right to privacy, defined broadly as "the right to be let alone."
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