No incident of data breach reported from UIDAI: Minister

Ering raises issue of Aadhaar card dumping outside post offices

NEW DELHI, Mar 5: Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said that, as on date, no incident of data breach has been reported from the Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR) of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).
“UIDAI has a well-designed, multi-layered robust security system in place and the same is being constantly upgraded to maintain the highest level of data security and integrity,” Prasad said, while replying to MPs Ninong Ering and Mullappally Ramachandran, who wanted to know whether there was any incident or case of Aadhaar data leakage; and the steps taken by the government to ensure the privacy/security of Aadhaar data.
The union minister stated that UIDAI has adequate legal, organizational and technological measures in place for the security of the data stored with UIDAI. Data protection measures have also been mandated for the requesting entities and ecosystem partners to ensure the security of data.
The government is fully alive to the need to maintain highest level of data security, privacy and is deploying the necessary technology and infrastructure.
The architecture of Aadhaar ecosystem has been designed to ensure non-duplication, data integrity and other related management aspects of security and privacy in Aadhaar database. Additionally, various policies and procedures have been defined clearly which are reviewed and updated periodically, thereby, appropriately controlling and monitoring security of data, he informed.
There are multiple layers of security at physical level in UIDAI Data Centres and is being managed by armed CISF personnel round the clock. Strengthening of security of data is an ongoing process and all possible steps are being taken in this regard, Prasad added.
Meanwhile, Ering said that the union minister was unable to reply properly to a supplementary question he had raised in the Parliament regarding the government’s failure to deliver Aadhaar cards in Arunachal Pradesh.
Ering said that Prasad gave a very ‘abrupt’, ‘meaningless’ and ‘vague’ statement, when asked why the government is failing to deliver Aadhaar cards to the people in Arunachal, where the delivered Aadhar cards are often found dumped outside the post offices.