Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey has come out in support of Aadhaar, saying that the system will contribute significantly towards eliminating terrorists and money launderers. Pandey also rubbished the claims that Aadhaar data has been compromised and that the leak could prove to be a security threat. “To say that Aadhaar has been breached, privacy is endangered is incorrect, misleading and even irresponsible,” he said. His statements come in the wake of the recent controversy surrounding the leakage of Aadhaar data. It may be recalled that a petition is also currently being heard in the Supreme Court, which has challenged the mandatory linking of PAN with Aadhaar. The petition says that the linking is violation of the fundamental right of privacy of an individual.
Pandey said that Aadhaar is based on biometric data, which cannot be faked. This, he said, will make it easier to identify criminals, terrorists and money launderers. He said that names and addresses can be faked, but it’s almost impossible to fake one’s biometric information. He further said that linking of bank accounts with Aadhaar will help track down people who may be planning to carry out a crime or a terrorist attack.