The alleged Aadhaar enrolment software compromised report has been denied by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). Reports had surfaced that the software was being tampered with and being sold for money.
According to reports, the Aadhaar enrolment machines sidestepped operators biometric verification and enabled them to make Aadhaar cards without any documents.
In a press release regarding the Aadhaar enrolment software compromised issue, the UIDAI called these reports false and misleading. Earlier reports had also spread that an alleged Aadhaar data breach of EPFO subscribers had occurred. The EPFO and UIDAI rejected these allegations.
In its most recent statement regarding the Aadhaar enrolment software compromised dilemma, the UIDAI mentioned that it matches all the biometrics of a resident enrolling for Aadhaar with the biometrics of all Aadhaar holders before giving a card as part of its meticulous enrolment process. So this prevents any operator from falsifying a card or details. Any enrolment or update is accepted only after biometrics are verified. Even before checking the details of the resident, the biometrics of the operator and other details are authenticated first before carrying out the process.
Some of the ways of checking are biometrics of the enrolment operator, enrolment machine etc. which are all authenticated by UIDAI’s backend system before processing ahead. The UIDAI also noted that if any of the verifications fail, then the enrolment request gets rejected. Necessary actions are taken against the operator.
Even if someone bypasses the system at the operator’s end, important parameters like biometrics of the operator are not sent to UIDAI. The backend system identifies the error, according to UIDAI. Such applications are rejected. The machines and operators are blocked and blacklisted permanently by the UIDAI system. Sometimes even police complaints are filed in fraudulent attempts.
Aadhaar Enrolment Software Compromised Versus UIDAI’s Zero-Tolerance Policy
In its notice regarding the Aadhaar enrolment software compromised issue, the UIDAI stated that it has a zero-tolerance policy in security and safety procedures. Any operator found guilty of messing around with UIDAI’s stringent procedures or fraudulent practices are blocked and blacklisted by the UIDAI. Even a fine of Rs. 1 Lakh is imposed.
The UIDAI has blacklisted more than 50,000 operators currently.
It has also been reported widely that the UIDAI frequently adds new security features in its backend system. It eliminates new security threats from corrupt entities. This makes the Aadhaar procedure safe and secure.
The UIDAI has also mentioned that people should not visit unauthorized centers. They should only approach authorized Aadhaar enrolment centers. It is to ensure that the enrolment and updating are done on authorized machines and doesn’t lead to rejection.