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UIDAI Slams Aadhaar Enrolment Software Breach Reports

The UIDAI said that as of now, over 50,000 operators have been blacklisted for violating the stipulated processes

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UIDAI Slams Aadhaar Enrolment Software Breach Reports

Aadhaar enrolment software's alleged tampering reports came to surface recently


The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Thursday said its enrolment software is armed with necessary safeguards and checks to protect against any manipulation, and it discredited the claims in the report as "baseless and false", in a press release. The statement comes after various reports of alleged tampering of the Aadhaar enrolment software and being sold in the black market, which purportedly bypasses operators' biometric authentication and facilitates issuance of Aadhaar cards without any documents. 
Emphasising its "zero tolerance policy" when it comes to ensuring security and safety of its processes, UIDAI said that any operator found to be violating its stipulated processes or those indulging in any type of fraudulent or corrupt practices, are blocked, blacklisted and also face stiff financial penalty of up to Rs 1 lakh per instance.    

"Also, all such enrolment attempts get rejected and Aadhaar is not generated. As on date more than 50,000 operators have been blacklisted," the UIDAI said. The UIDAI said its system matches all the biometric, that is all 10 fingerprints and both irides or irises, of a resident enrolling for Aadhaar with the biometrics of all Aadhaar holders before issuing the 12 digit identifier.    

"No operator can make or update Aadhaar unless the resident himself or herself gives his or her biometric. Any enrolment or update request is processed only after biometric of resident is authenticated," UIDAI said.    

Detailing the stringent processes followed by it, UIDAI said prior to processing of the enrolment or updation activity, the operator's biometric and other parameters are also checked. Only once all checks are found to be successful, enrolment or updation request of resident is further processed, UIDAI added.

On Wednesday, EPFO or Employees' Provident Fund Organisation said there was no data leakage from its data centre. The clarification from EPFO came after reports suggested the retirement fund body had in March informed the Ministry of Electronics and IT of a "data theft".

(With PTI inputs)


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