Sharing Aadhaar Card Number Is No Longer A Data Breach: UIDAI

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There has been going on a debate of how sharing some details of your aadhar card can be risky for your security. In fact, some of the researchers had claimed that you can gain access to details of 20,000 Aadhaar cards by simply searching on the internet.

UIDAI has finally put an end to debate as to whether sharing of Aadhaar card number is a risk to the security breach or not and the UIDAI clarifies that it isn’t. Further adding to this clarification UIDAI said that even if some publish your Aadhar details online that will have no impact on the security of the biometric identity card of an individual.

UIDAI has advised every citizen of the country not to get carried away with some publication claiming the risk of sharing your Aadhar details and also the PDF of your Aadhaar being available on a Google search or on Mera Aadhaar, Meri Pehchan. UIDAI, in a series of tweets on Saturday, clarifies that the several publications are just spreading misinformation. Calling them far from the reality, UIDAI says that they have got nothing to do with the security of Aadhaar and its database.

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Explaining their clarification UIDAI said that Aadhar is an identity document and so is supposed to be shared openly with others when required and asked for. Therefore, this document is never meant to be treated as a confidential document. By simply knowing someone’s Aadhaar, no one can impersonate the identity of an individual that’s because the 12-digit number alone is not enough and one also need to have a possession of that individual’s biometrics to authenticate his/her Identity.

And if someone did publish your Aadhar details UIDAI will not be responsible for it and it will have no bearing on the Aadhaar security. If anybody unauthorisedly publishes someone’s personal information such as Aadhaar card, mobile number, bank account, photograph, etc., he can be sued for civil damages by the person whose privacy right is infringed, UIDAI categorically mentions in another tweet.

However, in no way such publication threatens or impacts the security of Aadhaar and its database. Aadhaar remains safe and secure and there has not been a single breach from its biometric database during that last eight years of its existence.

A Constitution bench of the Supreme Court is hearing a batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the biometric identification programme. On March 13, the court indefinitely extended the deadline for the mandatory linking of Aadhaar.

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