The long term argument on PowerPoint presentation of Aadhar card was kept in Supreme Court on Thursday. Two large screens were set up for the presentation with hard copies of all the documents provided to the specific lawyers.
Features of Aadhar Card
- It provides reusable, lifetime, robust, online nationally verifiable ID cards to the citizens of India.
- The Aadhar card is unique and has nationwide portability.
- The cost of which is less than 1 USD and till now 1.2 billion people are enrolled in this scheme.
- Aadhar card requires very less information from citizens like photograph, demographics, finger prints, and iris. It does not need any details of religion, caste, tribe, language, income or medical history and profession.
CEO of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)
Ajay Bhushan Pandey, the CEO of UIDAI in front of the five judges of the Constitution Bench told that the Aadhar data of nearly 1.2 billion Indians is protected by a special 2048-encryption key. This will take more than 13 billion years for a supercomputer to crack it.
The constitution bench was headed by Chief Justice Deepak Mishra who asked the opposition party to prepare a questionnaire for Ajay Bhushan Pandey.
Security features claimed by UIDAI
The presentation given by Deepak was for 80 minutes in which he claimed that the biometric data of the Aadhar card is secured by multiple layers of protection.
Supreme Court asked him about the combined data report of the people who do not have the biometric identification number. He denied having the information of those who do not have this 12 digit biometric identification number.
If there happen to be any authentication failure in the near future due to lack of data updation or any circulars from authority, then also none of the individual will be denied of any benefits.
When the enrolment agency submits the biometric details after enrolment is done then the data is encrypted and deposited at the Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR).
According to them the biometric details like fingerprints might fade over some period of time. For those who are illiterate, it might get difficult for them to update it.
It further raised this issue of blacklisting 49,000 private operators out of 6.83 lakh individual who carried the Aadhar card.
According to their allegation the data was tampered using some special software from outside.
Ajay reply to this issue
He said that these operators were charging people for the enrollment of Aadhar which is supposed to be free. So because of zero tolerance policy they have been blacklisted by us.
He says that we have reached to a level where we can generate, print and dispatch over 1.5 million Aadhar card per day.
As far as authentication is concerned then the Aadhar card is blind. It does not keep any record of transaction done by Aadhar card.
No profiling can be done using Aadhar card. If someone opens a bank account or get a phone no. using Aadhar card, we don’t have any details of their account or number.
When talking about data tampering he said that it is not possible with any software. These are the licensed software taken from three best companies.
Aadhar software is not linked to internet in order to avoid future hacking.
Still no conclusion has been made over the presentation till now. It might resume on March 27.