New Delhi, Jan 9: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has taken action on a media report that Aadhaar data was being sold– it barred around 5,000 officials from accessing the Aadhaar portal. Also Read - Placed Aadhaar Reprint Request, But Did Not Get The SRN? Don't Panic, Here's Your Solution

The action came after a news report said that demographic details of Aadhaar holders was available for Rs 500. A top government official told ET that all the privileges to the officers were withdrawn after the revelation. Now, UIDAI has decided to give access only through biometrics  of the person whose details were sought. Also Read - Aadhaar Card Latest Update: How to Register, Update Mobile Number in Aadhaar, Can it be Done Online? Why is it Required?

Earlier, some state government and private operators were allowed limited access. These designated officers could view demographic details like name, address, birthday of an Aadhaar holder by furnishing Aadhaar number. The new system, however, will need fingerprints of account holders. With this decision, only the person concerned can access his/her demographic details. Also Read - Aadhaar Card Download: Have You Lost Your Aadhaar Card in COVID-19 Lockdown? Follow These Simple Steps to Retrieve it

UIDAI had filed an FIR in the matter, but said that it was not against the reporter of the newspaper. It said that it was not shooting the messenger and the complaint was filed against

UIDAI had denied that its security protocols were faulty and has filed a police complaint in the wake of the news report. The official denied it had filed the first information report (FIR) against the reporter or the paper. A source said that the complaint was against unnamed people and it just cited the details of the article.

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had said after an uproar on the complaint that the government was committed to freedom of Press.

“Govt is fully committed to freedom of Press as well as to maintaining security & sanctity of #Aadhaar for India’s development,” he tweeted.

“FIR is against unknown. I’ve suggested @UIDAI to request Tribune & its journalist to give all assistance to police in investigating real offenders.” UIDAI tweeted in response had written.

“UIDAI is committed to the freedom of Press. We’re going to write to @thetribunechd & @rachnakhaira to give all assistance to investigate to nab the real culprits. We also appreciate if Tribune & its journalist have any constructive suggestion to offer,” he added.