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UIDAI declines info on private agencies with cancelled eKYC license: RTI

The UIDAI has declined to provide the list of private agencies whose license to do eKYC has been cancelled. This was in response to an RTI filed by Srikanth L, which asked for a list of all the Aadhaar enabled private authentication agencies whose licenses were cancelled after the Supreme Court's verdict on the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act. (The RTI responses at the end of the story.) The UIDAI declined to share the information on the ground that the request "falls under exemption as mentioned in section 8(1)(d) and (1)(e) of the RTI Act, 2005."  The RTI also sought the list of privately owned sub-AUAs whose licenses were cancelled and a list of - AUA (Authentication User Agency), - ASA (Authentication Service Agency), - KUA (KYC User Agency), - KSA (KYC Service Agency) that were live as on November 15, 2018. The UIDAI used the same grounds to not provide this information. However, the information about active AUA, ASA and KUA was accessible in public domain previously. The last list available in the public domain was updated on August 31, 2018 and the others can be accessed here, here and here. Srikanth, in his RTI, also asked about the list of notices UIDAI sent to private entities following the SC order. The UIDAI, in its response, invoked the same section of RTI Act to decline the information request. UIDAI withholding information What is an AUA?  According to UIDAI, an AUA is an entity engaged in providing Aadhaar authentication services to entities. This authentication…

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