UIDAI clarifies on ‘limited access of Aadhaar data to police’ issue

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has clarified that the data cannot be used for any other purpose except for generating Aadhaar and authenticating the identity of cardholders.

Amid reports that the Union Home Ministry is considering allowing limited access of Aadhaar data to the police for verification of unidentified dead bodies or even tracing the first time offenders, the UIDAI has intervened.

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has clarified that the data cannot be used for any other purpose except for generating Aadhaar and authenticating the identity of cardholders.

The UIDAI said that access to Aadhaar biometric data could be granted in cases involving national security after pre-authorisation by an oversight committee headed by the Cabinet Secretary.

The issue came to fore after National Crime Records Bureau Director revealed having proposed for limited access to Aadhaar data for specific purposes.

No Aadhaar number or core biometric information collected or created under this Act in respect of an Aadhaar number holder shall be published, displayed or posted publicly, except for the purposes as may be specified by regulations.

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