The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has asked people to take due precautions while sharing their personal information such as Aadhaar number on the internet for availing any service.
In a statement, UIDAI asserted the robustness of the Aadhaar identity system. It said, publication or posting of Aadhaar cards on the internet by some unscrupulous people have absolutely no bearing on UIDAI and not the least on Aadhaar security.
The nodal body, which issues the 12 digits biometric identifier, emphasized that just like any other identity document, Aadhaar too is not a confidential document. UIDAI argued that mere knowledge about someone’s Aadhaar card is not sufficient to impersonate that person as biometric authentication is needed to establish one’s identity. It also said, publication of someone’s personal information does not threaten or impact the security of Aadhaar and its database which remains safe and secure.
The statement by UIDAI come in the backdrop of reports claiming that information about Aadhaar may be available from third-party websites and that a Google search may lead to Aadhaar details of several people.