Everything you need to know about “My Aadhaar card details”

For every financial transactions, Aadhaar number has been made compulsory by the government. But the third–party involvement in the process of data collection has made people worried about their safety and protection of personal information and biometric data.

 

Data protection and privacy measures taken by UIDAI:

  • The UIDAI team is collecting only the basic data fields or UIDAI information like Name, Date of Birth, gender, address, recent photograph, 10 finger prints and IRIS scan.

  • The UIDAI policy does not allow it to collect sensitive personal information such as religion, caste, class, community, income, ethnicity, and health.

  • As UIDAI database does not reveal personal information, you can choose response only from a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to requests to verify your identity.

  • If there is an unauthorised access to CIDR, there will be a penal consequences for tampering with CIDR. Penalties for any security violation will be severe, and include penalties for disclosing identity information.

  • Impersonation by providing false demographic or biometric information is an offence. Imprisonment for 3 years and fine of Rs. 10,000 will be charged.

  • Appropriating the identity of an Aadhaar number holder by changing or attempting to change the demographic and biometric information of an Aadhaar number holder is an offence – imprisonment for 3 years and a fine of Rs 10,000.

  • Pretending to be an agency authorized to collect Identity information of a resident is an offence – imprisonment for 3 years and a fine of Rs 10,000 for a person, and Rs 1 lakh for a company.

  • Intentionally transmitting information collected during enrolment and authentication to an unauthorized person is an offence – imprisonment for 3 years and a fine of Rs 10,000 for a person, and Rs 1 lakh for a company.

  • Unauthorized access to the central identities data repository (CIDR) and hacking is an offence – imprisonment for 3 years and a fine of Rs 1 crore.

  • Imprisonment for 3 years and a fine of Rs 10,000 will be charged in case of tampering with the central identities data repository.

  • Providing biometrics that is not one’s own is an offence – imprisonment for 3 years and of Rs 10,000.

Despite these security systems and criminal penalties, some security concerns remain as third-party agencies are involved for collecting UIDAI information. A majority of experts, however, say that the UIDAI itself has clarified that the usage of private agencies is commonplace in most government systems, including the Passport system of India, which also collects demographic and biometrics data. From this perspective, usage of private agencies or companies in itself is not against any government practices. Moreover, there are legal statutes in place that prevent third parties from holding the Aadhaar data.