The central government told the Supreme Court today that information about Aadhaar subscribers was leaked. However, the government also told the Supreme Court that the leakage occurred due to the action of some other government departments and state agencies. The center said that there was no leakage occurring from the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). The information was presented to the Supreme Court by advocate Arghya Sengupta who was representing the government. Sengupta explained that the leakage must have been possible due to some officials not following the prescribe norms for handling Aadhaar data.
Sengupta was replying to the Supreme Court after the court expressed concerns over media reports that Aadhaar data has been leaked. Sengupta said that there may have been some errors and some data leakage, but the percentage of such incidents is very low and overall the Aadhaar system continues to be one of the most secure in the world.
Sengupta also defended the government’s decision of linking the PAN with Aadhaar, saying that it would contribute significantly to preventing tax evasion. He pointed out that section 139AA has been introduced in the Income Tax Act under the Finance Act, 2017, which gives the power to the legislature to mandate the linking of PAN with Aadhaar.