Don’t share Aadhaar photocopies, use this new masked version instead: UIDAI

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The Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has issued new guidelines to warn people not to share the photocopy of their Aadhaar card with any organisations as it can be misused.

As an alternative, users are requested to download a masked Aadhaar card which displays only the last 4 digits of the Aadhaar number. The masked Aadhaar card can be downloaded from the UIDAI website

The release noted that only those organisations that have obtained a User Licence from the UIDAI can use Aadhaar for establishing a person’s identity. Unlicensed private entities like hotels or film halls are not entitled to keep copies of Aadhaar cards anymore.

The release also warned people of using public computers at an internet cafe/ kiosk to download e-Aadhaar. “However, if you do so, please ensure that you delete all the downloaded copies of e-Aadhaar permanently from the computer," the release said.

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