Disclosing Aadhaar not a digital risk: TRAI Chief

RS Sharma denies claims people accessed his details after he shared his number publicly.

New Delhi: Outgoing Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) chairman RS Sharma, whose open dare to Twitterati on Aadhaar misuse had caused a social media furore, asserted on Tuesday that mere knowledge of Aadhaar number cannot increase one’s “digital vulnerabilities”.

Sharma, who broke his silence over the issue, also added that the intention behind him disclosing his 12-digit number was not to abet others to publish or disclose their Aadhaar numbers. He retires on August 9.

An all-out war had raged on Twitter after Sharma shared his Aadhaar number publicly, and challenged anyone to show how mere knowledge of the number, could be misused to harm him.

While some claimed to have got access to his bank account number and email, Sharma refuted the claims, and said they were untrue.

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has asked people not to publicly share their Aadhaar number or pose such challenges to others.

I have made it very clear that the intention was not really to abet other people to publish their Aadhaar number -RS Sharma, Trai chairman

(With inputs from Agencies)

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