The UIDAI chief dismissed concerns that linking of various information with Aadhaar could lead to government monitoring, surveillance or possible misuse.
While it helps users to know the history of authentication, UIDAI still needs to make it user-friendly. The service doesn’t mention who tried to authenticate your records.
Pandey while trying to allay fears about the breach of data and privacy however, added a caveat that no computer expert would guarantee the data or system is inviolable.
Information collected by private operators of aadhaar details was being sold and the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) had no control over them.
There are, today, secure technologies to protect access to data and prevent manual inspection of it by the agency that holds it — which the Aadhaar framework doesn’t seem to have incorporated yet.
"The government will soon hold meetings with the telecom department officials to know whether they think companies require Aadhaar numbers," the official said.
In a notification released on Monday, UIDAI said, "At the time of Aadhaar enrolment, photo of the face of resident is also captured.
The Aadhaar-issuing authority UIDAI had set in place a ‘biometric lock’ as an additional layer of protection against outside intrusions or breach.
In a bid to address privacy concerns, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Wednesday introduced a ‘Virtual ID’, which Aadhaar cardholders can generate from its website.
They argued that data breaches are in flagrant violation of Section 29 of the Aadhaar Act read with Regulations 6 and 7 of the Aadhaar (Sharing of Information) Regulations 2016.
The UIDAI on Thursday dismissed reports of full Aadhaar details being made available on payment of ₹500 by anonymous sellers, asserting that its system is “secure”
What is more, The team paid another Rs 300, for which the agent provided “software” that could facilitate the printing of the Aadhaar card after entering the Aadhaar number of any individual.
As per the order, the relief is contingent on Airtel restricting its e-KYC and authentication service only for re- verification and issuance of SIM cards.
NPCI will disable the override feature that UIDAI said was being misused by many banks while seeding Aadhaar to accounts.
Suspending the ‘e-KYC licence key’, UIDAI ordered PricewaterhouseCoopers to conduct an audit of Bharti Airtel and Airtel Payments Bank.
The website of the UIDAI, the body that manages Aadhaar, has the provision of checking where and when your Aadhaar was used.
In the recent past, the government has laid a lot of emphasis on consumers to link their Aadhaar with all important documents.
Such a framework would require an individual to share dummy or pseudo numbers and not the real Aadhaar card number to the required agencies.
The UIDAI took note and got the Aadhaar data removed from the said websites, it said in reply to the RTI application.
WikiLeaks recently published a secret report saying the United States' top intelligence agency the CIA has technology to access biometric data.
आधार नंबर (Aadhaar) से व्यक्तिगत जानकारी उपलब्ध कराने वाला मोबाइल ऐप विकसित करने वाले बेंगलुरु निवासी के खिलाफ एफआईआर दर्ज की गई है।
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