Two days ago, when the story of UIDAI unofficially stopping some authentications without warning broke, MediaNama captured the data for E-KYCs reported on the Aadhaar website. Today, the data has changed. Not only changed in terms of dates covered (which will be a daily change), but the statistics reported against previous dates have been altered.

Comparing authentication transaction data between the 4th and 6th April 2018

This is the Aadhaar authentications graph as it was two days ago.

 

Aadhaar authentications dashboard on April 4, 2018

Aadhaar authentications dashboard on April 4, 2018

This is the graph for Authentication transactions today, April 6, 2018

Aadhaar authentications dashboard on April 6, 2018

Aadhaar authentications dashboard on April 6, 2018

Comparing the data used to generate both graphs, we find changes made in the statistics for days already past. The missing data and data for April 1, 2018, has also been added.

Date Value on 4th April Value on 6th April
07-Mar 51753384 51753384
08-Mar 47010141 47010141
09-Mar 47756690 47756690
10-Mar 43494327 43494327
11-Mar 28341250 28341250
12-Mar 12930223 12930223
13-Mar 17248206 17248206
14-Mar 40438713 40438713
15-Mar 50121323 50121323
16-Mar 43896578 43896578
17-Mar 40329817 40329817
18-Mar 21435290 21435290
19-Mar 41149062 41149062
20-Mar 40749044 40749044
21-Mar 40341670 40341670
22-Mar 39152496 39152496
23-Mar 41095794 41095794
24-Mar 33067667 33067667
25-Mar 19816450 19816450
26-Mar 37761098 37761098
27-Mar 39609498 39609498
28-Mar 39257731 39257731
29-Mar 32364273 32364273
30-Mar 15730 30044936
31-Mar 35774919 35774919
01-Apr 16127807
02-Apr 29717226 29717226

The value for 30th March has been altered. The missing date and data for April 1, 2018 has been added as well.

Comparing eKYC transaction data between the 4th and 6th April 2018

Similarly, this is the graph for e-KYC transactions on April 4, 2018:

Aadhaar e-KYC dashboard on April 4, 2018

Aadhaar e-KYC dashboard on April 4, 2018

This is the graph as it stands today – April 6, 2018

Aadhaar e-KYC dashboard on April 6, 2018

Aadhaar e-KYC dashboard on April 6, 2018

Comparing the data for the dates common to both graphs, we see the following differences:

Date Value on 4th April Value on 6th April
07-Mar 13893761 13893761
08-Mar 13385866 13385866
09-Mar 14166336 14166336
10-Mar 12995622 12995622
11-Mar 10073971 10073971
12-Mar 15591255 15591255
13-Mar 11819904 11819904
14-Mar 15524215 15524215
15-Mar 14303403 14303403
16-Mar 13300352 13300352
17-Mar 12779197 12779197
18-Mar 8678156 8678156
19-Mar 11952710 11952710
20-Mar 13052562 13052562
21-Mar 12449312 12449312
22-Mar 12310585 12310585
23-Mar 11974605 11974608
24-Mar 515 10552486
25-Mar 6611917 6611917
26-Mar 10718923 10718926
27-Mar 12045840
28-Mar 2 12199658
29-Mar 11812644 11812644
30-Mar 11966257 11966257
31-Mar 13516546 13516549
01-Apr 3 11061465
02-Apr 7333057 7333059

The values for 24th March, 28th March and 1st April have been altered. These were the days showing dramatic drops in transactions. The missing data for 27th March 2018 has been added as well.

MediaNama’s take

Any records published by UIDAI constitute an electronic record. They should not be able to change it without an archive. Alterations of this sort would be problematic under the RTI Act. The UIDAI has an obligation as a responsible state agency to respect and guarantee the constitutional right to information.

This clearly shows that the transaction graphs are not generated automatically from actual transaction data, but what the UIDAI creates as a report – and the data can be altered post facto to cover up any problems or questions. This raises questions about UIDAI’s honesty in reporting actual facts about what happens under its authority.

If the UIDAI website can alter official statistics after questions are raised about them in media, without any explanation, how can any numerical claims on Aadhaar by the UIDAI be trusted?