New Delhi, January 05: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), on Thursday, dismissed reports of alleged sharing of Aadhaar details and claimed complete security of its system. Recently, news reports revealed that anonymous sellers were in the process of offering unrestricted access to Aadhaar details over WhatsApp, upon payment of Rs. 500, reported Livemint.
The UIDAI, in an official statement, also ascertained that any misuse of details is traceable as it maintains complete log of numerous functions. For any such violation of data security, it added, legal action inclusive of FIR against the entities initialising the malpractices, is being undertaken.
According to the Livemint, the agency claims of providing “search facility” for the purpose of grievance redressal to designated personnel as well as state government officials in order to help residents, strictly only upon entering their Aadhaar number.
According to the Aadhaar-issuing agency, its grievance redressal search facility offers solely restricted access to name and other details; it has no access to biometric ones.
At the same time, Aadhaar number is not a secretive, and is meant to be legitimately shared with authorised agencies whenever an Aadhaar holder wishes to avail services and benefits offered through the medium of government welfare schemes.
“Also, mere 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 scan of individual is also required,” it added.