The federal government has withdrawn a press release “with fast impact” that requested folks to not share photocopies of Aadhaar over misuse dangers. It withdrew the assertion “in view of the potential of the misinterpretation of the press launch”, the federal government mentioned immediately.
The Distinctive Identification Authority of India, or UIDAI, within the earlier assertion had urged the usage of masked Aadhaar, which exhibits solely the final 4 digits of the doc, and to not share photocopies of the unmasked doc with random organisations.
The Aadhaar authority’s assertion got here beneath criticism from privateness specialists and activists on social media, who mentioned the UIDAI ought to have taken care of this threat a very long time in the past and knowledgeable the general public then.
The most recent authorities assertion, nonetheless, indicated this criticism relies on a misinterpretation of the advisory, because the UIDAI solely suggested folks to “train regular prudence in utilizing and sharing their Aadhaar numbers.”
“It’s learnt that it (earlier UIDAI assertion) was issued by them within the context of an try to misuse a photoshopped Aadhaar card. The discharge suggested the folks to to not share photocopy of their Aadhaar with any organisation as a result of it may be misused. Alternatively, a masked Aadhaar which shows solely the final 4 digits of Aadhaar quantity, can be utilized,” the Ministry of Electronics and Data Know-how mentioned immediately.
“Nevertheless, in view of the potential of the misinterpretation of the press launch, the identical stands withdrawn with fast impact. UIDAI issued Aadhaar card holders are solely suggested to train regular prudence in utilizing and sharing their UIDAI Aadhaar numbers. Aadhaar id authentication ecosystem has offered enough options for shielding and safeguarding the id and privateness of the Aadhaar holder,” the ministry mentioned.
The federal government’s definition of “regular prudence” would come with private safeguards that one makes use of whereas transacting delicate paperwork.
The Supreme Court docket in 2018 upheld the validity of the Aadhaar, however flagged privateness considerations and reined in a authorities push to make it obligatory for all the things from banking to telecom companies.