Info on fake Aadhaar cards may affect national security: UIDAI

The UIDAI has refused to share information on cases of fake and duplicate Aadhaar cards, saying the disclosure might affect national security, or can lead to incitement of an offence.

Replying to an RTI query by a PTI correspondent, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which issues the card, also denied to give details of action it has taken in such cases.

It said, the UIDAI’s Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR) facilities, information assets, logistics and infrastructure and dependencies, have been classified as ‘Protected System’, under the Section 70(1) of the Information Technology Act, 2000.

“Any disclosure of the UIDAI grievance database, which essentially forms a part of the UIDAI CIDR operations, therefore, would have an impact on national security, strategic, scientific and economic interest of the State etc.,” the UIDAI said.

It was asked to provide details related to the cases of duplicate and fake Aadhaar cards received by the UIDAI, and action taken on them.

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