UIDAI Rejects NCRB's Plea Seeking Sharing Of Aadhar Data

| June 23 , 2018 , 14:37 IST

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Friday has turned down the request of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) on sharing of Aadhar Identification data for criminal investigation.

UIDAI had said in a statement, “As per Section 29 of the Aadhaar Act, biometrics data collected by UIDAI can be used only for the purpose of generating Aadhaar and for authentication of identity of Aadhaar holders and cannot be used for any other purpose."

However, the identification authority said that Section 33 of the Aadhaar Act allows a very limited exception and permits the use of or access to Aadhaar biometric data in cases involving national security only after the pre-authorization given by an oversight committee headed by the Cabinet Secretary.

The statement further read, “This is referring to reports in certain sections of media about purported use of Aadhaar biometric data for the purpose of crime investigation and in that regard it has clarified that the use of or access to Aadhaar biometric data for criminal investigation is not permissible under Section 29 of the Aadhaar Act, 2016."

NCRB Chief, Ish Kumar at 19th All India Conference of Directors of Finger Prints Bureau in Hyderabad said, " At present, around 50 lakh cases were registered every year in the country and most of them committed by first time offenders who leave their fingerprints, which would not be available in police records."