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Misuse of Aadhaar Card is now a Punishable Offence

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The Government of India is taking a precautionary step to reduce the misuse of Aadhaar cards. Under the Aadhaar Act, the Aadhaar card number of an individual will not be allowed to publish or post the information publicly. They will have to secure the 12-digit identification number confidentially.

This new move is taken to restrict sharing and circulation of Aadhaar numbers as an effort of UIDAI’s to ensure the information is not misused. As per the rules, the core bio-metric information collected by the authorities should not be shared with anyone for whatever the reason may be.

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The CEO od Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI),Mr Ajay Bhushan Pandey said that “the data he (resident) has given, that data is now also secure and protected… it casts responsibility on UIDAI and other agencies that use his Aadhaar number for various purposes to protect his identity and data and maintain confidentiality.”

As per the rules, any violation of the Aadhaar card will constitute the penalty and are punishable under the act. The Government has imposed a penalty of 1 lakh and could go up to three years in prison. In the case of violating database of Aadhaar card with Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR) then the penalty will be up to ten years.

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“Those who do not have Aadhaar will be directed for enrollment at a nearby center… In case after enrollment it is taking time and Aadhaar is not assigned, then there has to be a mechanism for alternative means of identification,” the official said.

Now the Indian Railways has also made the Aadhaar card authentication compulsory for railway tickets.

UIDAI eyes Aadhaar-Enabled Smartphones to ease access to Govt Services

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UIDAI proposes Smartphone Firms to Make Aadhaar-enabled Mobiles

Now Its time to gear up for a “game changer” initiative taken up by the government of India, Aadhar card enabled smartphones. Yes, you read it right, now Aadhaar card will be linked to your smartphones in a much smarter way. UIDAI authorities are holding high-level meetings with the leading smartphone manufacturers.

According to the Unique Identification Authority of India’s idea, the Aadhaar enabled handsets will contain a chip with UIDAI encryption code which will be in turn connect to the Aadhaar server. The encryption code will be the key factor for security. The server connection will access the iris and fingerprint authentication of the Aadhaar holders.

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Ajay Bhushan Pandey, the CEO of UIDAI, had a meeting with the top executives of Apple, Samsung, Google, Microsoft and Micromax. The software products think tank Isprit was also present. The session discussed the ways to make handsets with access to Aadhaar.

About 100 Crore Aadhaar users are present in the country among which 40% carry smartphones. So it is a helpful step. While most of the companies reciprocated positively for this scheme, Apple has concerns about the security of data and privacy issues. By linking smartphone with Aadhaar server, all the user information will be available to Govt of India, which is against the interests of Apple Inc.

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However, UIDAI officials addressed all the security concerns, and assured safety of 100 Crore Indians is the basic priority. Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris has the options for government schemes and banking process with user authentication. The company was in high spirits as their spokesperson said, “Galaxy Tab Iris will support government benefit programmes and enable banks and financial institutions to streamline the process of an individual’s authentication, regardless of language and literacy barriers.

The government of India provided stringent guidelines to the citizens regarding Aadhaar card registration. The multipurpose UIDAI card is linked to receive benefits like LPG subsidy, MGNREGA, Jan Dhan Yojana. So the Aadhaar card registrations were made in high pace to receive discontinued services. The new bold step toward digitalization of Aadhaar will be helpful in time and resource management, only when the information is confidential.