The application was used by residents to upload their own demographic data after giving their consent to the OTP
UIDAI has recently filed a Bangalore FIR against an individual for allegedly “unauthorized” services linked to Aadhaar through an application. But the case does not imply breach of privacy or piracy of the authority’s database, said Ajay Pandey Bhushan.
The application itself – against which the appeal was lodged by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) – provides a verification of Aadhaar to residents based on their consent, although this is not allowed to do, he said M. Pandey.
The head of the transmitter body Aadhaar said that the investigation revealed that the UIDAI application was used by residents to upload their own demographic data after giving their OTP consent received on their mobile, tied to the biometric identity number to 12 digits.
“In other words, residents have downloaded their own demographic information like name, address, sex, etc. with this app … no one could get data from anyone else through this app” Pandey said in an email .
By stating that the Aadhaar data “remain completely safe and secure,” M. Pandey refuted reports that there had been a leak and unauthorized access to the data through the Aadhaar application.
“The UIDAI has carefully considered the matter and is allowed to inform and reassure the public that there is no violation of any given Aadhaar and jeopardize the privacy and security of the person in this case,” he said.
Although residents charge their own demographic, the authority was initiated by the authority against the owner of the application, as it was “unauthorized” to provide these services to people in the first place.
“These acts are crimes and punishable under the Aadhaar law. It is also remembered that the data of one of the residents is not even provided by UIDAI through this application,” he said.
M. Pandey told PTI that a FIR has already been filed in Bangalore recently against the holder of the “unauthorized” request.
UIDAI also asked users not to disclose their Aadhaar number to unknown websites, applications or phone.
“Residents must share or provide their Aadhaar number only to official government sites, authorized agencies, banks, telecommunications companies and other service providers after due diligence and verification of the authenticity of these sites.” M. Pandey He added.