Government withdraws advisory against sharing of photocopies of Aadhaar with institutions

The UIDAI had said that unlicensed private entities such as hotels or film halls are not allowed to collect or keep copies of Aadhaar cards.

The UIDAI had said that unlicensed private entities such as hotels or film halls are not allowed to collect or keep copies of Aadhaar cards.

The government has withdrawn the UIDAI advisory cautioning the general public against sharing photocopies of their Aadhaar with any organisation.

The Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) said it is withdrawing the press release Because it can lead to misinterpretation.

“The release advised people not to share photocopies of their Aadhaar with any organization as it can be misused. Alternatively, a masked Aadhaar that displays only the last 4 digits of the Aadhaar number can be used. can be done.

“However, in view of the possibility of misinterpretation of the press release, it is withdrawn with immediate effect,” the statement said.

A press release issued by the Bengaluru Regional Office of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has asked the general public not to share photocopies of their Aadhaar with any organization as it can be misused.

Alternatively, a masked Aadhaar that displays only the last 4 digits of the biometric ID can be used for this purpose, it added.

In a withdrawal statement, MeitY said that holders of Aadhaar cards issued by UIDAI are advised to exercise common discretion in sharing and using only their Aadhaar numbers.

“The Aadhaar Identity Authentication ecosystem has provided adequate facilities to protect and safeguard the identity and privacy of the Aadhaar holder,” the statement said.