Aadhaar Photocopy Warning Row Explained In 5 Points

The new statement said the Aadhaar ecosystem had adequate features to protect the identity and privacy of users

Aadhaar Photocopy Warning Row Explained In 5 Points

The earlier announcement advised people not to share photocopies of Aadhaar with any organisation

New Delhi: The government today withdrew a warning not to share photocopies of the national biometric identity card Aadhaar after the announcement caused widespread panic on social media.

Here's your 5-point cheatsheet to this big story:

  1. The Press Information Bureau withdrew the warning two days after issuing it, saying the release was published in the context of an attempt to misuse an edited Aadhaar card, and was being withdrawn "in view of the possibility of the misinterpretation."

  2. The new statement said the Aadhaar ecosystem had adequate features to protect the identity and privacy of users, and that users are only advised to exercise "normal prudence".

  3. The Friday announcement had advised people not to share photocopies of their Aadhaar with any organisation because it could be misused. "Unlicensed private entities like hotels or film halls are not permitted to collect or keep copies of Aadhaar card," the initial release read.

  4. The warning triggered alarm on social media as screengrabs of the press release and news articles went viral, with the issue among the top 10 trending topics in India on Twitter on Sunday.

  5. The Unique Identification Authority of India, or UIDAI, says among its frequently asked questions, "It is near impossible to impersonate you if you use Aadhar to prove your identity."



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