After warning the public of risks, the government withdraws advice against using photocopies of the Aadhaar map

New Delhi: Two days after the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) issued a recommendation directing Indians not to give photocopies of their Aadhaar cards to various organizations, the Press Information Bureau (PIB) has retracted the notice, urging citizens to do so instead exercise “normal caution”. when using the universal IDs.

On May 27, UIDAI’s Bengaluru regional office issued a press release advising Aadhaar holders not to give photocopies of their Aadhaar cards to organizations because of the potential for misuse.

The May 27 recommendation urging people not to share photocopies of their Aadhaar maps.

It had recommended using a “masked Aadhaar” instead, which allows organizations to view the last four digits of an individual’s Aadhaar card.

In addition, the press release advised people against downloading copies of their Aadhaar cards onto public devices such as computers in “internet cafes/kiosks” and urged them to ensure that they delete the copies if they do so anyway.

It also stressed that without a “user license” obtained from UIDAI, private entities are not allowed to collect or keep copies of Aadhaar cards to establish an individual’s identity, noting that this is a breach of the Aadhaar Act 2016 represents.

However, on Sunday, May 29, the PIB issued another press release, retracting UIDAI’s earlier guidance and noting the “possibility of misinterpretation” of the May 27 press release.

Screenshot of May 29 press release withdrawing previous PIB instructions.

Asked why the UIDAI regional office in Bengaluru issued the May 27 release, the PIB said: “It is known that it was issued by them in connection with an attempt to misuse a photoshopped Aadhaar map. “

“Holders of the UIDAI-issued Aadhaar card are only advised to exercise normal caution in the use and disclosure of their UIDAI Aadhaar numbers,” the May 29 publication reads.

Additionally, the May 29 publication allegedly attempted to allay any concerns about Aadhaar card security by saying that the “Aadhaar Identity Authentication Ecosystem” has “adequate features to protect and preserve the identity and privacy of the user.” Aadhaar holders’ have provided.

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