The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and the Ministry of Electronics and IT were on an overdrive on Sunday.
After UIDAI’s Bengaluru regional office issued a press note last week cautioning Aadhaar-holders against sharing the photocopies with hotels or movie halls on the grounds that these were not licensed users, the ministry did an about-turn. It was withdrawn to eliminate the possibility of “misinterpretation.” “UIDAI issued Aadhaar card holders are only advised to exercise normal prudence in using and sharing their Aadhaar numbers. Aadhaar Identity Authentication ecosystem has provided adequate features for protecting and safeguarding the identity and privacy of the Aadhaar holder,” the clarification issued on May 29 said.
Users may have been asked to exercise ‘normal prudence’, but the ambiguous phrase will only add to their dilemma while dealing with entities that insist on Aadhaar as identity proof.