Government withdraws advice against sharing Aadhaar photocopies with entities

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NEW DELHI: The government on Sunday withdrew a notice from the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) that warned the public against sharing photocopies of their Aadhaar with any organization.
The withdrawal comes days after a statement was issued by the Bengaluru regional office, UIDAI, advising people not to provide a photocopy of the Aadhaar card to anyone apprehending misuse of it.
“The statement advised people not to share a photocopy of their Aadhaar with any organization as it could be misused. Alternatively, a masked Aadhaar which only displays the last 4 digits of the Aadhaar number, can be used.
“However, in view of the possibility of misinterpretation of the press release, the same is withdrawn with immediate effect,” said a statement from the Ministry of Electronics and Computers.
The press release issued by the Bengaluru regional office of UIDAI, in the alternative, mentioned that a masked Aadhaar which only displays the last 4 digits of the biometric ID can be used for this purpose.
MeitY in the takedown statement said that holders of Aadhaar cards issued by UIDAI are only asked to exercise normal caution in using and sharing their Aadhaar numbers.
“Aadhaar’s identity authentication ecosystem has provided adequate functionality to protect and safeguard the identity and privacy of the Aadhaar holder,” the statement added.



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