UIDAI denied security lapse report in Aadhaar project

Vastavam web: The semi-government agency behind India’s national identity card project on Saturday denied a report by news website ZDNet that the programme has been hit by another security lapse that allows access to private information.ZDNet reported that a data leak on a system run by a state-owned utility company, which it did not name, could allow access to private information of holders of the biometric “Aadhaar” ID cards, exposing their names, their unique 12-digit identity numbers, and their bank details.

ZDNet could not immediately be contacted for comment on the UIDAI’s response.“There has been absolutely no breach of UIDAI’s Aadhaar database. Aadhaar remains safe and secure,” the agency said in a statement late on Saturday.“Even if the claim purported in the story were taken as true, it would raise security concerns on database of that utility company and has nothing to do with the security of UIDAI’s Aadhaar database,” it said.