Don’t put Aadhaar No. in public domain, UIDAI warns people

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on July 31, 2018

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has advised people to refrain from publicly putting their Aadhaar numbers on internet and social media and posing challenges to others.

“This advisory has come from UIDAI with reference to some news items appearing on social media reporting few persons publicly posting their Aadhaar numbers on internet and social media and posing challenges to others,” the Authority said.

UIDAI said that such activities are uncalled for and should be refrained as these are not in accordance with the law.

UIDAI emphasised that people should not display or publish their Aadhaar number in public.

"Aadhaar number is personally sensitive information like bank account number, passport number, PAN number, etc., which should be strictly shared only on a need basis for a legitimate use for establishing identity and for legitimate transactions," it said.

Also, 'as per the Aadhaar Act, 2016 and IT (Reasonable Security Practices and Procedures and sensitive Personal Data or Information) Rules, 2011 and Justice Srikrishna’s proposed Data Protection Bill, personally sensitive information should not be published or shared publicly,' UIDAI said.

However, the Aadhaar provider never mentioned what triggered for such activities on social media. The rampage started after TRAI Chairman published his Aadhaar number on Twitter on Saturday in a challenge, and triggering to trolls after that.

Published on July 31, 2018

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