Do not share Aadhaar number, UIDAI says after Trai chief’s dare

New Delhi: Two days after Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) chief RS Sharma’s Aadhaar dare created a flutter, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), on Tuesday asked people not to share publicly their 12-digit identifier on Internet and social media, or pose such challenges to others.

“Such activities are uncalled for and should be refrained as these are not in accordance with the law,” UIDAI said in a statement.

An all-out war has been raging on Twitter since Saturday after Sharma shared his Aadhaar number publicly and challenged anyone to show how mere knowledge of the number can be misused to harm him.

While some people claimed to have got access to his bank account number and email, Sharma refuted the claims.

‘Don’t use others’ Aadhaar number’

  • UIDAI warned that doing Aadhaar authentication through somebody else’s Aadhaar number for any purpose, may amount to impersonation, and, a criminal offence under the Aadhaar Act and IPC.
  • Any person indulging in such acts or abetting others to do so makes themselves liable for prosecution, it said.