UIDAI denies Aadhaar breach reports
04 January 2018 15:51 GMT

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has rejected media reports that claimed access to its database was being sold online.

According to a report in The Tribune, a WhatsApp group sold all Aadhaar data available with UIDAI for just Rs 500 (US$7.80)

"Tribune's Story "Rs 500, 10 minutes, and you have access to billion Aadhaar details" is a case of misreporting. No biometric data breach," the UIDAI tweeted. 

The “case appears to be an instance of misuse,” said the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which runs the biometric identity card scheme, the world’s largest.

The agency said it had initiated a police complaint against the people responsible for selling the access, but did not identify them.

Crucial data, “including biometric information, is fully safe and secure,” the agency said in a statement. The database incorporates fingerprints and iris scans, besides basic information details.

“Mere display of demographic information can’t be misused without biometrics,” it added, ruling out financial fraud, saying access to bank accounts required further authentication that involved fingerprint and iris scans.


 

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