Asserting the robustness of the Aadhaar identity system, the nodal body, which issues the 12 digit biometric identifier, said that "publication or postingof Aadhaar cards by some unscrupulous people have absolutely no bearing on UIDAI and not the least on Aadhaar security".
"These (reports) are far from the reality and have got nothing to do with the security of Aadhaar and its database. As none of the Aadhaar cards shown are taken from UIDAI database," the statement said.
Emphasising that just like any other identity document, Aadhasar too is not aconfidential document, UIDAI argued that mere knowledge about someone's Aadhaar card is not sufficient to impersonate that person asbiometric authentication is needed to establish ones identity.
While Aadhaar has to be shared with others, being a personal information like mobile number, bank account number, PAN card, passport, family details, etc, Aadhaar too should be protectedto ensure privacy of a person, UIDAI said.
"If anybody unauthorisedly publishes someone's personal information such as Aadhaar card, mobile number, bank account, photograph, etc., he can be sued for civil damages by the person whose privacy right is infringed," UIDAI statement noted.
However, it said, such publication does not threaten or impact security of Aadhaar and its database which remains "safe and secure".
The statement by UIDAI come in backdrop of reports claiming that information about Aadhaar may be available from third party websites, and that a Google search may lead to Aadhaar details of several people.