UIDAI rejects police request for biometrics
03 July 2017 17:28 GMT

The Unique Identification Authority of India has rejected an attempt by police bodies to access biometric data files, saying the data must be sacrosanct.

UIDAI says investigating agencies such as CBI and NIA have been sending requests for details of Aadhaar card holders, and UIDAI Deputy Director General Rajesh Kumar Singh has written to the agency chiefs to refrain from asking for such details.

“This is regarding requests frequently received by the UIDAI from police and other law enforcement agencies, seeking demographic and biometric information of residents for facilitating identification of individuals in different cases. In this regard, I would like to draw your kind attention to provisions under Sections 28 and 29 of the Aadhaar (Targeted delivery of financial and other subsidies, benefits and services) Act, 2016, which prohibits sharing of core biometric and identity related information with other authorities,” Singh said in his letter.

Instead of requesting forensic labs to match fingerprints, state police and investigating agencies are taking the easy route by asking UIDAI. Singh also said, “Identity information cannot be shared by UIDAI. The requests received from law enforcement agencies lead to avoidable delays in investigation by the police authorities and unnecessary increase in the workload of subordinate authorities.”