Indian Govt withdraws advisory against sharing photocopy of Aadhaar with entities

  • UIDAI had only advised exercising masked copies while using and sharing their Aadhaar numbers.
  • The ministry of electronics and IT (MeitY) said it is withdrawing the press release as it can lead to misinterpretation.

The government has withdrawn a UIDAI advisory that cautioned the general public against sharing photocopies of their Aadhaar with any organization. The Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) said it is withdrawing the press release as it can lead to misinterpretation.

 The statement said, “The release advised the people 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 the 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 “However, in view of the possibility of the misinterpretation of the Press Release, the same stands withdrawn with immediate effect,”.

A press release issued by the Bengaluru Regional Office of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) asked the general public not to share photocopy of one’s Aadhaar with any organization because it can be misused. Alternatively, a masked Aadhaar that displays only the last 4 digits of the biometric ID can be used for the purpose as a solution.

MeitY, in the withdrawal statement, said the UIDAI-issued Aadhaar cardholders are only advised to exercise safety in using and sharing their Aadhaar numbers. “Aadhaar Identity Authentication ecosystem has provided adequate features for protecting and safeguarding the identity and privacy of the Aadhaar holder,” the statement added in the release.

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