number is not a secret number. It is to be shared with authorised agencies whenever an Aadhaar-holder wishes to avail of certain services. But that does not mean that the proper use of the Aadhaar
number poses a security or financial threat,” it said.
added that it maintained a “complete log and traceability of the facility and any misuse can be traced and appropriate action taken”.
The authority said it had provided the search facility for grievance redress to designated personnel and state government officials. By entering the Aadhaar number, the facility only allows limited access to names and other details of individuals and not to biometric details.
The authority said that a mere display of demographic information could not be misused without biometrics.
The news report had said around 100,000 village-level entrepreneurs might have gained access to the UIDAI
data in order to provide Aadhaar services for a fee after their services were discontinued.
Common service centre, or CSC, is a special purpose vehicle (SPV) under the department of electronics and information technology. The centres provide digital services like Aadhaar enrolment, ticket booking, and utility bill payment.
However, Dinesh Kumar Tyagi, chief executive officer, CSC SPV, said not all 300,000 such centres in the country were involved in Aadhaar enrolment. He said of the 27,000 such centres, only 10,000 were now involved in Aadhaar-related work after the UIDAI said only government premises could be used for enrolment processes.
Tyagi pointed out that all village-level entrepreneurs facilitating enrolment through the centres needed to authenticate themselves and the data was stored in UIDAI data centres.