UIDAI rejects data leak claim

UIDAI rejects data leak claim

UIDAI rejects data leak claim

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UIDAI rejects data leak claim

On Tuesday (May 02),UIDAI rejected a report about an online leak of Aadhaar numbers and bank accounts linked to them. UIDAI rejects data leak claim which was claimed by a research report.

A research report by a Bangalore-based organization, claimed that almost 13 crore Aadhar numbers have been leaked along with nearly 10 crore bank account numbers, reported the news portal.

The first two belong to the rural development ministry: the National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP)’s dashboard and the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA)’s portal.

UIDAI rejects data leak claimThere is no data leak and this particular report does not pertain to UIDAI,” said A B P Pandey, CEO of UIDAI while briefing to one of leading national dailies.

Further, he explained that the Aadhar number could be available but the bio-metric details will not be available and the same is in safe custody. Aadhar number without biometric information is useless, he further explained.

While Aadhaar numbers are available, the biometric information is not. The biometric details are in safe custody. The leaked databases do not pose a real threat to the people whose information is publicly available because the Aadhaar number cannot be misused without biometrics,” said a government official.

Another official said that “Aadhaar number is not confidential just as bank account number which is mentioned in cheque books and shared with a lot of people. The last two months have seen a wave of data leaks, mostly due improper information security practices, from various central government and state government departments.

Today (May 5), Government said that Aadhaar data cannot be leaked as the UIDAI system is foolproof in a controversy over leakage of cricketer M S Dhoni’s personal details on social media.

Minister of State for Electronics and IT P P Chaudhary in the Lok Sabha said “ I would like to inform that there is no question of leakage of Aadhaar data from the Aadhaar system. There is no leakage and it cannot be”.

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