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Aadhaar data was never breached: UIDAI

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Monday said there has been no breach or leak of Aadhaar data. UIDAI was responding to reports of over 200 government websites displaying Aadhaar-related data of beneficiaries.

“The data on these websites was placed in public domain as a measure of proactive disclosure under RTI Act by these government and institutional websites which included beneficiaries’ name, address, bank account, and other details including Aadhaar number and was collected from the third party/users for various welfare schemes,” it said.

“It was this collected info which had been displayed in the public domain under RTI Act. There was no breach or leakage of Aadhaar data from UIDAI database or server as has been aired by the said report,” it added.

UIDAI and Ministry of Electronics & IT had directed the concerned Government departments/ ministries to immediately remove it from their websites, it said.

UIDAI clarified that Aadhaar number is not a secret number. It is to be shared with authorised agencies when an Aadhaar holder wishes to avail a service or benefit of government scheme/s or services.

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