The UIDAI now sought to allay fears over data security and privacy issues across the 12 digit biometric identifier, claiming that Aadhaar is a diagnosis not a profiling instrument.

Additionally, it emphasized that Aadhaar information is regulated by powerful laws.

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To a particular question on if UIDAI will opt for DNA profiling later on, Pandey stated that there were no such programs.

“We shoot fingerprint, IrisBSE 1.80 percent and photograph. . .We don’t have any plans to choose something such as DNA… picture, fingerprint and Iris is great enough for de-duplication, creating Aadhaar and also to authenticate any individual,” he explained.

The UIDAI chief dismissed worries that connecting of different information with Aadhaar could cause government tracking, surveillance or potential abuse.

“When you donate Aadhaar amount in lender… UIDAI does not understand about your bank accounts. Bank provides us your Aadhaar fingerprint and number and UIDAI is a fitting support. It states a no or yes, or we ship a restricted eKYC,” he clarified. The government doesn’t receive any information regarding the resident out of the machine, ” he explained. During the question and answer session which lasted for over 1.5 hours, Pandey took over 20 questions that ranged from privacy issues about Aadhaar to advantages of their biometric identifier for taxpayers, and from connecting of Aadhaar to cellular SIMs (subscriber identification module) to transferring the enrolment centers to government offices and banks.

To another query, he explained bank balances are “land of citizens” and their linkage using Aadhaar number shouldn’t increase fears that authorities will one day freeze these accounts.

Maintaining that debut of digital ID and restricted eKYC had nothing to do with info flow stories pertaining to Aadhaar, Pandey stated that they had been conceptualised for strengthening the solitude system.

The UIDAI recently declared a new idea of “Virtual ID’ that Aadhaar-card holder could create from its site and provide for a variety of functions, such as SIM verification, rather than sharing the authentic 12-digit biometric ID. Throughout the live chat now, Pandey stated that considering that some people worried that data residing in several areas could be connected despite it being illegal under Aadhaar Act, the most recent feature provides people the decision to conceal their Aadhaar number. “It doesn’t have anything to do with information flow story. I’ve said that from the previous seven decades, there’s been no data flow from UIDAI,” he explained.

Pandey said that Aadhaar has been protected by powerful laws, which Aadhaar Act is “predicated on the grounds that solitude is a basic right”.

Citing the many Sections of Aadhaar Act he stated that biometric information given to UIDAI cannot be shared with no individual’s consent, and that doing so is punishable.

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