The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has warned people not to share photocopies of Aadhaar with organizations citing its misuse.
The authority has suggested the use of masked Aadhaar which only displays the last 4 digits of your Aadhaar number which can be downloaded from UIDAI official website https://myaadhaar.uidai.gov.in.
The existence of any Aadhaar number can be verified at https://myaadhaar.uidai.gov.in/verifyAadhaar. To check offline, you can scan the QR code on the eAadhaar or Aadhaar letter or the Aadhaar PVC card using a QR code scanner in the mAadhaar mobile app, UIDAI informed.
“Please avoid using a public computer in an internet cafe/kiosk to download e-Aadhaar. However, if you do so, be sure to permanently delete all downloaded copies of e-Aadhaar from that computer,” added the press release.
“Only organizations that have obtained a license to use the UIDAI can use Aadhaar to establish a person’s identity. Unlicensed private entities like hotels or movie theaters are not allowed to collect or retaining copies of the Aadhaar card This is an offense under the Aadhaar Act 2016. If a private entity asks to see the Aadhaar card or requests a photocopy of the Aadhaar card, please check that they have a license of valid use of the UIDAI,” he added.
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