A statement from CBDT said after "consideration of the matter", it has made a decision to extend the deadline. The top court announced its order after UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey concluded his presentation, claiming it would take billions of years to decrypt the saved data, including the biometrics and the success rate of Aadhaar authentication in government systems was 88%.
On an average, 4 crore authentications are being done on a daily basis. They demanded that the court should order an extension of the March 31 deadline for subisidies in view of the huge number of rejections as reflected in the new figures.
Attorney General K K Venugopal vehemently opposed the submission saying "nobody has been excluded". Highlighting the greater success rates in commercial activities, he said "the reasons are obvious".
However, it had allowed the government and its agencies to link the 12-digit national biometric identifier number of the beneficiaries for transfer of benefits of schemes funded from this fund.
Security concerns surrounding collection of authentication logs with the authentication/requesting entity were also raised by justice A.K. Sikri who sought to know the nature of such data and how it could be shared.
Pandey contended that under the present system, UIDAI would never know for what objective the authentication was done and it did not collect data pertaining to goal, location and details of the authentication.
The bench also said data collected by a private enrolment agency could easily be copied before sending it to the authority concerned. He also told the bench in view of a large number of cases of authentication failure, the authority had chose to use face and fingerprints of people for authentication objective.