UIDAI data collection not foolproof: PC

New Delhi: Security agencies have expressed concern over the biometric data collected by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to provide a unique number of all resident Indians, saying the data collection process is not foolproof against possible misuse.

The agencies said since the UIDAI has no provision to verify the claim of any person who enrolls his name and provides photographs, fingerprints and the iris, there is enough scope of creating false identity profile.

They also said the UID can be generated by producing documents without any verification and a Mumbai resident can get his UID number in Delhi. Following this, Home Minister P Chidambaram is understood to have written to Planning Commission asking it to intervene and discuss the issue by the Cabinet committee on UID. Nandan Nilekani led UIDAI reports to Planning Commission.

Meanwhile, the office of the Registrar General of India which is collecting data for preparing the National Population Register, is also objecting to the UIDAI collecting various data, saying the job of collecting biometric data should be left to the Registrar General.