In the last few months several reports indicated a breach of Aadhar database which has established the scope for widespread data leakage in the future also. Dismissing such reports, the UIDAI confirmed that there has been no breach of Aadhar data or creation of parallel databases. It has said that the personal (biometric) data of an individual in possession of the UIDAI is completely safe and secure. There is no misuse of Aadhar biometrics leading to identity theft or financial loss, as per the media reports.
Taking into account the significance of Aadhar, India lost out on a big opportunity to pass security laws for data which are present in the developed countries to maintain such huge databases. This can be attributed to the fact that there is little societal consensus and understanding of privacy. People are not aware of the privacy laws and their right to privacy in general.
But it should be noted that any collection of a large amount of sensitive data concerned with individual identity in the form of biometrics is always vulnerable due to the increasing technical capabilities of state and non-state actors (generally state sponsored). But the reports of data breach must be seen with a pattern of individual incident or mass leakage.
Benefits of Aadhar
Actions taken by UIDAI
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