UIDAI told the Delhi High Court that basic biometric information would not be shared with anyone.

UIDAI told the Delhi High Court that basic biometric information would not be shared with anyone.

Data collected through Aadhaar may not be used for any purpose other than UIADI.
UIDAI told the Delhi High Court that basic biometric information would not be shared with anyone.

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) today informed the Delhi High Court that the basic biometric information collected by the authority under the Aadhaar Act will not be shared with anyone for any reason. UIDAI informed that the recorded fingerprints could not be used for identification of the culprits or for the issuance of Aadhaar card at the hearing. Fingerprint data collected for Aadhaar cannot be used to identify criminals or solve crimes. Further, the Authority emphasizes that the data collected within the scope of the Aadhaar card may not be shared with the investigating agencies for any or all biometric purposes. The data collected by Aadhaar cannot be used for any purpose other than creating a citizen’s UIADI.

He also said that Aadhaar is merely a proof of the fact that the person showing the card identifies himself on the basis of Aadhaar number and is the same person who had registered for Aadhaar with biometric and demographic information at the time of issue. ۔ UIDAI stated that it does not collect biometric information on the basis of appropriate technology, position or method for forensic purposes.

The UIDAI in its affidavit filed in the Delhi High Court said that the basic biometric information is stated in Section 2 (j) of the Aadhaar Act. UIDAI’s affidavit came in response to a court inquiry into the 2018 robbery and murder case in which the prosecution demanded some biometric data collected on the site to match the Aadhaar database.

What did the affidavit say?

The affidavit states that biometric information is unique to any individual and therefore sensitive information. It needs to be protected to thwart any possibility of its misuse. Biometric information is not shared or used for any other purpose. Aadhaar number and verification are not allowed under the Aadhaar Act. In addition, no Aadhaar data may be shared by any person or entity with any person or entity for this particular purpose without the consent of the resident.


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