‘Basic biometric information will not be shared with anyone’: UIDAI assures Allahabad HC


New Delhi: Basic biometric information collected by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) will not be shared with anyone, the authority at Allahabad High Court informed on Thursday. UIDAI collects biometric information from every India under Aadhaar law. The UIDAI also stated that it does not collect biometric information based on technology, positions or procedures suitable for forensic purposes.

UIDAI in his affidavit filed in Delhi HC said that basic biometric information has been defined in Section 2 (J) of the Aadhaar Act as meaning fingerprint, iris scan or any other biological attribute of an individual as specified by regulation. “Therefore, there is a clear prohibition under the law against sharing or using basic biometrics for any reason,” the UIDAI said, according to an ANI report.

This UIDAI affidavit comes in response to a court motion in a 2018 robbery and murder case in which the prosecution requested that certain biometric data collected from the site be matched against the Aadhaar database.

“Biometric information is unique to an individual and is therefore sensitive information and should be protected to thwart any possibility of misuse. purposes other than generation of Aadhaar number and authentication under Aadhaar law are impermissible.Furthermore, no Aadhaar data may be shared by any person or entity with any person or entity without the resident’s consent to this particular purpose,” the affidavit read, as mentioned in the ANI report.

Further explaining its position, the UIDAI also stated in its affidavit that even otherwise the authority does not collect biometric information, i.e. iris scans and fingerprints based on technologies, standards or procedures suitable for forensic purposes, and therefore uses biometric data for random matching purposes. may not be technologically feasible and falls outside the scope of the Act.

“Aadhaar technology only allows biometric authentications which are done on a 1:1 basis for which it is necessary to have an individual’s Aadhaar number,” they said, adding that UIDAI does not collect biometric information, namely iris scan and fingerprint based technology, media or procedures suitable for forensic purposes. “

Therefore, the 1:N search of fingerprints and chance photographs without Aadhaar number and without demographic details, as requested by the petitioner, not only exceeds the mandate and scope of UIDAI, but is also technologically impractical,” indicates the response copy.


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