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Aadhaar Data Safe, Says UIDAI

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has said that personal data of individuals held under Aadhaar is secure and there has been no misuse of biometrics leading to identity theft or financial loss. The UIDAI statement comes amidst concerns about data breaches in Aadhaar when the government is pushing digital transactions. The fear of data theft was spurred by a reported case regarding Axis Bank, Mudra and eSuvidha.

UIDAI’s statement comes amidst concerns about data breaches in Aadhaar when the government is pushing digital transactions post the demonetisation exercise that saw old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes being banned and also the Supreme Court is poised to debate concerns on privacy. The anxiety about data theft was spurred by a reported case regarding Axis Bank, Mudra and eSuvidha.

On February 15, UIDAI filed a police complaint against Axis Bank Ltd, business correspondent Suvidhaa Infoserve, and e-sign provider eMudhra, alleging they had attempted unauthorised authentication and impersonation by illegally storing Aadhaar biometrics.

The anamoly was detected after UIDAI found multiple transactions done with the same fingerprint. However, Axis Bank had blamed Suvidhaa, claiming that a developer from there carried out four live Aadhaar-based authentications even when the testing phase for them was on.

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