The Unique Identification Authority of India or UIDAI
on Sunday asserted that Aadhaar
system has stringent security features to prevent any unauthorised capture or transmission of data, refuting reports that hinted at sensitive biometric data being allegedly accessed by certain foreign agencies.
The statement by the UIDAI
came after WikiLeaks
hinted that the Central Intelligence Agency had allegedly accessed the Aadhaar
Dismissing the allegations, UIDAI
biometric capture system has been “developed within our own country and it has adequate and robust security features to prevent any possibility of any such unauthorised capture and transmission of data regardless of any biometric device that may be used”. The UIDAI
said that such “misinformation” was being spread by certain “vested interests”.
“Some vested interests are trying to spread misinformation that since ‘Cross Match’ is one of many devices which are being used in biometric devices by various registrars and agencies in Aadhaar
ecosystem, the biometrics being captured for Aadhaar
are allegedly unauthorisedly accessed by others,” the UIDAI
statement said rejecting charges of data being compromised.
Outlining the stringent checks and balances in UIDAI
system, it said that any biometric device before being used in the Aadhaar
system is "thoroughly tested" internally and externally extensively by Standardised Testing Quality Certification and certified.
“In addition, there are many other rigorous security features and processes within UIDAI
through which it ensures that no biometric data of any individual is unauthorised accessed by anyone in any manner whatsoever,” the UIDAI
issuing body said that the biometric identifier had been issued to over 1.17 billion people, with around 40 million authentications taking place every day.
"Till date, there has not been a single case of a leak of biometric data, theft of identity, or financial loss to any one on account of the use of Aadhaar.
will continue to take every possible measure to ensure that Aadhaar
remains safe and secure," it said.
in a tweet two days ago had said, "Have CIA
spies already stolen #India's national
ID card database?" It has been claimed that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was leveraging tools of US-based technology provider Cross Match (incidentally, an Aadhaar
vendor) for snooping, and that sensitive data could have been compromised.
"Some news are being circulated on the basis of WikiLeaks
regarding some purported Express Lane project whereby it is alleged that the Express Lane system uses computer system consisting of a computer or laptop, windows XP operating system along with biometric software of Cross Match, a company manufacturing biometric sensors," UIDAI
said terming allegations of Aadhaar
biometric data being compromised as "completely false and baseless".