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  1. UIDAI warns people to take precautions while sharing Aadhaar number online

UIDAI warns people to take precautions while sharing Aadhaar number online

Playing down reports of Aadhaar pdf being allegedly available through Google search query of Mera Aadhaar, Meri Pehchan, UIDAI claimed that the issue had "nothing to do with the security of Aadhaar and its database".

By: | New Delhi | Updated: March 17, 2018 6:36 PM
The UIDAI today asked people to take “due precautions” while sharing their personal information such as Aadhaar on the internet for availing any service. (Reuters)

The UIDAI today asked people to take “due precautions” while sharing their personal information such as Aadhaar on the internet for availing any service. Playing down reports of Aadhaar pdf being allegedly available through Google search query of Mera Aadhaar, Meri Pehchan, UIDAI claimed that the issue had “nothing to do with the security of Aadhaar and its database”. “People share their personal information, including Aadhaar on internet, to some or other service provider or vendor to get the services and when they put their details on internet they should take due precautions as required in any digital activities,” Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said in a statement. Asserting the robustness of the Aadhaar identity system, the nodal body, which issues the 12 digit biometric identifier, said that “publication or posting of Aadhaar cards by some unscrupulous people have absolutely no bearing on UIDAI and not the least on Aadhaar security”. “These (reports) are far from the reality and have got nothing to do with the security of Aadhaar and its database. As none of the Aadhaar cards shown are taken from UIDAI database,” the statement said.

Emphasising that just like any other identity document, Aadhaar too is not a confidential document, UIDAI argued that mere knowledge about someone’s Aadhaar card is not sufficient to impersonate that person as biometric authentication is needed to establish ones identity. While Aadhaar has to be shared with others, being a personal information like mobile number, bank account number, PAN card, passport, family details, etc, Aadhaar too should be protected to ensure privacy of a person, UIDAI said. “If anybody unauthorisedly publishes someone’s personal information such as Aadhaar card, mobile number, bank account, photograph, etc., he can be sued for civil damages by the person whose privacy right is infringed,” UIDAI statement noted.

However, it said, such publication does not threaten or impact security of Aadhaar and its database which remains “safe and secure”. The statement by UIDAI come in backdrop of reports claiming that information about Aadhaar may be available from third party websites, and that a Google search may lead to Aadhaar details of several people.

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  1. Krishnamoorthy Venkataraman
    Mar 17, 2018 at 8:46 pm
    My post should be like this " Instead of opening at least one centre atleast in each state....to enable....." sorry for the slip.
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    1. Krishnamoorthy Venkataraman
      Mar 17, 2018 at 8:43 pm
      It is due to the inefficient services of the main office. Instead of opening at least one centre to enable the public to have the desired changes, with proof etc, they are directing the people ,even for address change, to a distant corner of our country. personally, I settled at Chennai two years back for medical help and later shifted permanently. Self and my wife applied for the change of address. While we got acknowledgement for successfully completing the procedure, My wife is not having the e.card for the change effected till date. How many mails have I to send and I do know how many of them passed through unknown and unwanted persons.Now UIDAI absolve its reponsibility and ask the people to be careful.
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