No Breach of Aad­haar Data: UIDAI Chief

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New Delhi: Chief of the Unique Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Au­thor­ity of In­dia (UIDAI) has clar­i­fied that there has been no breach of any Aad­haar data and com­pro­mise of in­di­vid­ual’s pri­vacy and se­cu­rity through an app de­vel­oped by an in­di­vid­ual based in Ben­galuru.

Ab­hi­nav Sri­vas­tav (31), a soft­ware de­vel­op­ment en­gi­neer work­ing in Ola’s head of­fice at Ko­ra­man­gala, was ar­rested by the Ben­galuru’s Cen­tral Crime Branch in con­nec­tion with a com­plaint filed by UIDAI against him and Qarth Tech­nolo­gies, which was ac­quired by Ola in March last year, for mis­us­ing Aad­haar data ob­tained from its website with­out au­then­ti­ca­tion. Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO of UIDAI, said in a state­ment on Friday that res­i­dents were down­load­ing their own de­mo­graphic data such as na- me, ad­dress, gen­der, etc, through this ap­pli­ca­tion and there­fore the al­leged pri­vacy vi­o­la­tions are not true.

“No one could not get data of any other per­son through this app. Even though res­i­dents were down­load­ing their own de­mo­graphic data such as name, ad­dress, etc., yet le­gal ac­tions were ini­ti­ated against the owner of the App since it was not au­tho­rised to pro­vide such ser­vices to peo­ple and such acts are crim­i­nal of­fence pun­ish­able ac­tion as per Aad­haar Act 2016. It is fur­ther re­it­er­ated that data of not even a sin­gle non-con­sent­ing res­i­dent has been given by UIDAI through this App,” said Pandey.

Pandey re­it­er­ated that Aad­haar data is com­pletely safe and se­cure and re­quested peo­ple not to dis­close their Aad­haar num­ber to any unau­tho­rised or un­known web­sites or apps or per­sons on phone.

In July, in a writ­ten re­sponse to a ques­tion in Par­lia­ment, the gov­ern­ment said that more than 200 gov­ern­ment web­sites, in­clud­ing ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tutes, had pub­lished names of ben­e­fi­cia­ries of wel­fare schemes with their ad­dresses and Aad­haar num­bers. It had added that there has been no leak­age of Aad­haar data from UIDAI.

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