We have been coming across several incidents related to Aadhaar credentials being leaked exposing sensitive data. Despite these claims even from security researchers, UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) states that the database is secure. Notably, UIDAI is a body responsible for managing Aadhaar. Due to these breaches, there is a possibility for the Aadhaar information to have been exposed to unauthorized people.
Given that you would have used your Aadhaar card for several authentication and verification purposes, you might be concerned about your privacy. There is a way to check where all your Aadhaar card was used in the past six months. If you find any discrepancy in the usage of your Aadhaar card, you can lodge a complaint from the UIDAI website itself. The website also lets you update your Aadhaar details online.
How to check where your Aadhaar card was used?
Step 1: Visit the UIDAI website and go to the Aadhaar authentication history page https://resident.uidai.gov.in/notification-aadhaar.
Step 2: Enter your 12-digit Aadhaar number and type in the security code as seen in the picture.
Step 3: Click on the option stating 'Generate OTP'.
Step 4: You will get an OTP on the registered/linked mobile number. Remember that in order to receive the OTP, your mobile number should have been verified with the UIDAI website.
Step 5: On the entering the OTP, a page will open with options such as Authentication Type, Select Date Range, Number of Record (maximum 50 records) and OTP. You need to choose the authentication type you are looking for or all and select the date range. Notably, the maximum duration is up to six months. Now, enter the number of records you want to see in a page, enter the OTP and hit submit.
Step 6: You will see the date, time as well as the type of Aadhaar authentication requests those were made in the chosen period. Though this page will not show who made these requests, this will be helpful in knowing where your Aadhaar was used in the past six months and find out if your details were misused.
If you find any suspicious activity in the Aadhaar usage history in the past six months, then you can lock your Aadhaar information and unlock it later online.