An FIR has been filed in Mohali from where the "purchase" of access to Aadhaar data was reported.
The Tribune newspaper said it had been able to buy login credentials to the Aadhaar database, allowing it to acquire information such as the names, telephone numbers and home addresses of millions of people. The Aadhaar-issuing body said the search facility is designed for designated personnel and state government officials to help residents.
He was responding to reports suggesting a massive security breach when details of over a billion Aadhaar card holders could reportedly be accessed in return of Rs 500.
The report is the latest revelation against the UIDAI biometric system known as Aadhaar, which means foundation.
The UIDAI maintains complete log and traceability of the facility and any misuse can be traced and appropriate action taken. Then, an individual's name, address, postal code, photo, phone number and email were accessed and an Aadhaar card printed.
The Tribune newspaper claimed that it bought user details via an "agent" advertising his services on WhatsApp.
After the publication of the material, the Office for Unique Identification said that the newspaper appeared to have access to limited information through a search engine for civil servants.
The report added that payment of a further 300 rupees provided "software" that allowed them to print out any Aadhaar card for which they had the number.
Aadhaar has been embroiled in controversy before: in November, government agencies published the Aadhaar numbers of citizens, along with addresses and bank details.
Aadhaar data is fully safe and secure and has robust uncompromised security.
The UIDAI said an Aadhaar number was not a secret number and needed to be shared with authorised agencies to avail certain service or benefit of government welfare schemes or other services and the proper use of Aadhaar number posed no security and financial threat as for a successful authentication fingerprint or iris of individual was required. "Except the Director-General and I, no third person in Punjab should have a login access to our official portal", said Sanjay Jindal, Additional Director-General of UIDAI's Regional Centre in a statement. "That is a partial breach of the biometric data too, even if biometric data was not downloaded".
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