NEW DELHI: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Sunday issued a clarification refuting allegations of misuse of Aadhaar data.
The UIDAI, while issuing the clarification with regard to “misinformation in some news items and articles appearing in various print and social media during the last few days alleging breach of Aadhaar data, misuse of biometrics, breach of privacy and creation of parallel databases”, stated that there was no breach to the database in any manner. In the last five years, as many as 400 crore Aadhaar authentication transactions took place.
“Aadhaar-based authentication is robust and secure compared to any other contemporary system. The Aadhaar system has the capability to inquire into any instance of misuse of biometrics and identity theft and initiate action,” the UIDAI reiterated in an official statement.
The UIDAI further stated that it uses one of the most advanced encryption technologies in transmission and storage of data. “As a result, during the last seven years, there has been no report of breach or leak of residents’ data out of UIDAI,” the statement added.
The UIDAI, the statement stated, continually updates its security parameters to tackle new cyber threats.
“It also undertakes security audits and takes necessary steps to augment its security features. The UIDAI has decided to have registered devices for capturing biometrics data and such biometrics will be encrypted at the point of capture itself. This will further strengthen the security features of the Aadhaar eco-system,” it added.