UIDAI Files FIR Against Gujarat Grievance Redressal Forum Over Alleged Aadhaar Leak

| January 5 , 2018 , 11:23 IST

The issuing authority of the Aadhaar biometric cards the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has dismissed claims of data breach after media reports claimed that Aadhaar card details could be obtained in 10 minutes by paying Rs 500.

According to UIDAI, certain government grievance redressal forums have limited access to names and addresses on Aadhaar cards, but do not have full access to all the biometric details. Following the report of Aadhaar card names and addresses being leaked, the UIDAI traced the source to an office of the Surat district administration in Gujarat and filed an FIR against it.

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The FIR was filed at Mohali from where the "purchase" of access to Aadhaar data was reported.

"UIDAI assures there has not been any Aadhaar data breach. The Aadhaar data, including biometric information, is fully safe," UIDAI said.

"UIDAI reiterates that the grievance redressal search facility gives only limited access to name and other details and has no access to biometric details," it said.

The biometric Aadhaar government identification cards have been under scrutiny, especially since the government announced compulsory linkage to crucial facilities such as bank accounts and mobile phones. The public has expressed concerns about the security of the Aadhaar cards, as well as violations to right to privacy.

Cofounder at tech discussion forum HasGeek and Internet Freedom Foundation, Kiran Jonnalagadda, said the Aadhaar system is insecure.

"The backdoor has already been opened. It is quite easy to hack into their systems and the stolen demographic identities can be misused in a lot of ways," he said.

Jonnalagadda is one of the petitioners demanding for proper auditing of Aadhaar database.