Aadhaar comprises of the comprehensive data of Indian citizens such as names, addresses, date of birth, mobile numbers, all 10 fingerprint scans, iris scans, and more. Snowden retweeted CBS journalist Zack Whittaker's response on a BuzzFeed report on the breach of Aadhaar database in India and said that "It is the natural tendency of government to desire ideal records of private lives".
The newspaper claimed that it bought the Aadhaar details from someone who is running a WhatsApp group. As UIDAI maintains complete log and traceability of the facility, the legal action, including lodging of FIR against the persons involved in the instant case is being done, " it added.
In a televised interview with CNBC TV-18, Ajay Bhushan Pandey, the CEO of UIDAI, said the portal exists only for authorised officials. "The reported case appears to be instance of misuse of the grievance redressal search facility", it claimed.
While the UIDAI's claim that biometric information is safe may be true, the alarming breach still gave unauthorised individuals access to demographic data such as name, address, photograph and phone number through the service's search facility simply by entering the Aadhaar number.
The authority said that it maintained a "complete log and traceability of the facility and any misuse can be traced and appropriate action taken".
Further, the Aadhaar number is not a secret number. But that does not mean that the proper use of Aadhaar number poses a security or financial threat.
The report had also stated that around 100,000 village-level entrepreneurs might have gained access to the UIDAI database. But they can not access the biometric details.
Claims of bypassing or duping the Aadhaar enrolment system are totally unfounded.
The UIDAI had refuted the reports, calling it "misreporting" and reiterated that the server is secure and confidential information of billions of Indians, safe. "History shows that no matter the laws, the result is abuse", Whistleblower Edward Snowden tweeted on Friday.
It has been claimed that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was leveraging tools of US-based technology provider Cross Match (an Aadhaar vendor) for snooping, and that sensitive data could have been compromised.