People cautioned not to share Aadhaar data online

Precautions must while sharing Aadhaar number online says UIDAI

Precautions must while sharing Aadhaar number online says UIDAI

Though calls to the regional office in Hyderabad remained unanswered, it was on March 11 that the UIDAI took to Twitter to dismiss Mr. Baptiste's tweets on the subject, though it did not name him. The statutory authority asked the people to not get confused with some news on social media platforms.

Playing down reports of Aadhaar data being allegedly available through Google search query of Mera Aadhaar, Meri Pehchan, UIDAI claimed that the issue had "nothing to do with the security of Aadhaar and its database". Rubbishing the reports, UIDAI said these are not real and have no association with Aadhaar and its database.

The agency said that such reports were meant to spread misinformation about the "robust" identification system of Aadhaar. "They are intentional and irresponsible acts of some unscrupulous elements", UIADI mentioned on Twitter.

However, UIDAI has denied the reports claiming breach of Aadhaar security and its database.

"People share their personal information, including Aadhaar on internet, to some or other service provider or vendor to get the services and when they put their details on internet they should take due precautions as required in any digital activities", Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said in a statement.

After raising concerns over finding a large number of Aadhaar cards publicly online, French cyber-security researcher Robert Baptiste has revealed that the document can be accessed by means of a Google "dork" search.

Even if any person knows someone's Aadhaar, he/she can't impersonate the person.

Even though Aadhaar has to be shared with others, it should be protected so as to ensure privacy of the person, said a UIDAI statement. "If anybody unauthorisedly publishes someone's personal information such as Aadhaar card, mobile number, bank account, photograph etc, he can be sued for civil damages by the person whose privacy has been infringed", UIDAI said.

"Aadhaar is safe and secure and there has been no breach from the biometric database during the last eight years of its existence", the UIDAI statement read.