No breach in UIDAI’s Aadhaar data, says government

By: | Published: March 6, 2017 5:37 AM

The UIDAI said there has been no breach to the UIDAI database of Aadhaar in any manner and the personal data of individuals is fully safe and secure.

The UIDAI said there has been no breach to the UIDAI database of Aadhaar in any manner and the personal data of individuals is fully safe and secure. (Source: Reuters)

The government on Sunday said Aadhaar biometrics have not been misused and the Aadhaar-based authentication system is robust and secure. “There has been no incident of misuse of Aadhaar biometrics leading to identity theft and financial loss during the last five years when more than 400 crore Aadhaar authentication transactions have taken place, according to Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI),” the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MEITY) said.

The UIDAI said there has been no breach to the UIDAI database of Aadhaar in any manner and the personal data of individuals is fully safe and secure.

Besides, the Aadhaar system has the capability to inquire into any instance of misuse of biometrics and identity theft and initiate action.

During the last seven years, there has not been any report of breach or leak of data out of the UIDAI.

To further strengthen the security of users’ information, the UIDAI has said it will have registered devices for capturing biometrics data and that such biometrics will be encrypted at the point of capture.

On reports of misuse of Aadhaar data, the UIDAI said it is an “isolated case of an employee working with a bank’s business correspondent’s company making an attempt to misuse his own biometrics, which was detected by UIDAI internal security system and subsequently actions under the Aadhaar Act have been initiated”.

On ecosystem partners and agencies, the UIDAI has said regulations under the Aadhaar Act strictly regulate on-boarding and functioning, including data sharing restrictions imposed on the companies which want to use Aadhaar information.

The MEITY said Aadhaar has helped more than 4.47 crore people open bank accounts via the Aadhaar e-KYC.

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It has also enabled the government to do direct benefit transfer (DBT) under various schemes such as LPG subsidy under Pahal, scholarships, MNREGA, and transferring pensions directly into the bank accounts of beneficiaries, thereby eliminating corruption, diversion, and leakages by middlemen, helping the government save over R49,000 crore during the last two-and-a-half years.

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