Unique (Identity) Goof Up!

Unique (Identity) Goof Up!

Heads may roll as UIDAI Bangalore issues unsought advice

Delhi steps in as Bangalore UIDAI creates confusion

NEW DELHI, May 29 (The CONNECT) – The government has withdrawn its advisory on not sharing photocopies of Aadhar card.

The advisory issued by the Bangalore office of UIDAI has advised people only to share the last four digits and mask the test of the number to prevent misuse of the card.

This has raised many questions on the security of Aadhar card as thousands of people keep sharing the photocopies for a variety of transactions.

There have been doubts over the security of Aadhar right from day of the government announcing the project in association with Nandan Nilekani.

In fact, hundreds of thousands of people did submit their identity proofs including the photocopies of pan card while depositing money during the demonetisation period.

Even for conforming to KYC norms, one is supposed to submit the photocopy of Aadhar to banks.

Now the government explained that the Bangalore advisory was issued in the context of an attempt to misuse a photoshopped Aadhaar card. The release advised the people to not to share photocopy of their Aadhaar with any organization because it can be misused. Alternatively, a masked Aadhaar which displays only the last 4 digits of Aadhaar number, can be used.

However, in view of the possibility of the misinterpretation of the Press Release, the same stands withdrawn with immediate effect, an official announcement in Delhi said.

UIDAI issued Aadhaar card holders are only advised to exercise normal prudence in using and sharing their UIDAI Aadhaar numbers.

Aadhaar Identity Authentication ecosystem has provided adequate features for protecting and safeguarding the identity and privacy of the Aadhaar holder, Delhi said.

Sources said the people responsible for the goof-up will not go unpunished.

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