UIDAI: Aadhaar being an identity document is designed to be shared openly and is not at all confidential

Sushubh

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Sushubh

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UIDAI has dismissed the reports as irresponsible which appeared in a section of social and other media on security of Aadhaar system being questioned on account of a few Aadhaar cards reportedly put on the internet by some unscrupulous elements. 1/n
UIDAI has advised people not to get confused with such reports which are far from the truth and intended to spread misinformation on India's robust identity system - Aadhaar - unnecessarily. 2/n
Publication of Aadhaar cards by some people have absolutely no bearing on UIDAI and not the least on Aadhaar security. Aadhaar as an identity document by its very nature needs to be shared openly with others as and when required and asked for. 3/n
Aadhaar just like any other identity document, therefore, is never to be treated as a confidential document. 4/n
Although Aadhaar has to be shared with others, it being a personal information like mobile number, bank account number, PAN card, passport, family details, etc, should be ordinarily protected to ensure privacy of the person. 5/n
If anybody unauthorizedly publishes someone’s personal information such as Aadhaar card, passport, mobile number, bank account number, his photograph, he can be sued for civil damages by the person whose privacy right is infringed. 6/n
But in no way it threatens or impacts security of the system which has issued those respective IDs. For instance, publication of someone's bank a/c, PAN, or passport on the internet does not impact or threaten the security of banking, Income Tax or passport system. 7/n
People do often share their such personal information on internet to some or other service provider or vendor to get services. This doesn't impact whatsoever the security of any such ID system. 8/n
Aadhaar is the most trusted and widely held ID that one shows/presents whenever needed. People should freely use it to prove their identity. 9/n
By simply knowing someone’s Aadhaar, one cannot impersonate and harm him because Aadhaar alone is not sufficient to prove one’s identity but it requires biometrics to authenticate one’s Identity. 10/n
It is reiterated that Aadhaar remains safe and secure and there has not been a single breach from its biometric database during that last eight years of its existence. 11/11.