The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has refuted recent claims by a document published by WikiLeaks that the Aadhaar database was easily accessible to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). According to WikiLeaks, the US CIA had access to the database of millions of Indian citizens with a tool by a company that manufactured biometric sensors. Also Read - Lost your Aadhaar card? Here's how to download Aadhaar card onlineAlso Read - How to change address in Aadhaar card online without address proof
The unconfirmed reports claimed that CIA used a certain tool, called ExpressLane, which is made by Cross Match Technologies, the same company which makes biometric sensors to snoop around electronically. The documents published on WikiLeaks said that ExpressLane was a covert information collection tool used by the CIA to ‘secretly exfiltrate data collections from such systems provided to liaison services.’ Also Read - How to apply for Aadhaar card for your newborn
However, denying the claims, the UIDAI said, “Some vested interests are trying to spread misinformation that since Cross Match is one of many devices which are being used in biometric devices by various registrars and agencies in Aadhaar ecosystem, the biometrics being captured for Aadhaar are allegedly unauthorizedly accessed by others.”
The UIDAI further added saying that the Aadhaar biometric capture system has been developed ingeniously and has adequate security to prevent the possibility of such unauthorized capture and transmission of data regardless of any biometric device that may be used, MoneyControl reports. ALSO READ: Right to privacy: Linking mobile numbers to Aadhaar will continue, says COAI
According to the UIDAI, any biometric device is tested extensively by an external agency Standardised Testing Quality Certification (STQC) and certified before it is used for the Aadhaar system.
The concerns about Aadhaar system have blown up owing to the recent surge in its database being vulnerable to hackers. Recently, Supreme Court declared the Right to Privacy as a fundamental right, leaving many in limbo about the whole concept and authenticity of Aadhaar verification. ALSO READ: UIDAI deactivates 81 lakh Aadhaar cards: 3-step guide to check if yours is active