Aadhaar data leaks not from UIDAI: Centre

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 20, 2017 08:27 AM
Aadhaar is foolproof, it tells SC

The article by Krishnadas Rajagopal was published in the Hindu on May 3, 2017.


Leaks of Aadhaar card details are not from the UIDAI, but at the State level, the Union government told the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

“As of today, Aadhaar is foolproof. Biometric technology is the best system in 2016. There has not been a single leak from the UIDAI. The leaks of details may have been from the States... their offices and agencies,” advocate Arghya Sengupta, counsel for the Centre, submitted in the court.

The Centre’s clarification comes in the midst of reports that data of over 130 million Aadhaar cardholders have been leaked from four government websites.

Reports, based on a study conducted by the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), a Bengaluru-based organisation, said Aadhaar numbers, names and other personal details of people have been leaked.

The Centre was washing its hands of the alleged leaks for the second consecutive day in the Supreme Court.

A-G’s assurance


On Tuesday, Attorney-General Mukul Rohatgi had emphatically assured the Supreme Court that biometrics of Aadhaar cardholders were safe and had not fallen into other hands. He said the biometric details were kept in a central database run by the Centre.

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