Aadhaar data safe, has foolproof security: Govt assures parliamentary panel

The assurance to the parliamentary panel comes amidst the hearing in the Supreme Court with regard to privacy concerns over the Aadhaar data.

india Updated: Jul 21, 2017 23:45 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Aadhaar updation and registration center set up at the Dehradun general post office.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT File Photo)

The government on Friday assured a parliamentary panel that Aadhaar data has foolproof security.

The assurance came while parliamentary standing committee on home affairs, headed by P Chidambaram, was given a presentation on privacy concerns of Aadhaar data by officials from the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and Union home ministry led by home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi.

The parliamentarians were told in detail about the process of encrypting the data gathered for generating Aadhaar numbers.

The officials also told the parliamentarians that despite having a foolproof security and encryption process of the Aadhaar data, they are not complacent and keep track of global trends on data protection and threats and challenges in terms of cyber security.

In their presentation, the officials said they would also make further improvements based on latest trends and challenges in data protection.

The Friday’s meet was called for hearing views of the home ministry on the subject of national security and privacy concerns related to Aadhaar.

The parliamentary panel will meet again on July 27 when home ministry officials will give a detailed presentation on other issues of national security.

The assurance to the parliamentary panel comes amidst the hearing in the Supreme Court with regard to privacy concerns over the Aadhaar data.

First Published: Jul 21, 2017 23:45 IST