The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is the government agency in charge of Aadhaar project for billions of Indians, stepped to defend these special unique ID project after Twitter users publicly posted personal details, including bank accounts, email IDs, PAN and R.S. Sharma the chairman of frequent flyer number of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), posted his 12-digit Aadhaar number and challenged people to harm him. Sharma was a former chairman of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), revealed his Aadhaar number on Twitter, prompting many of his followers to dig up information about him on Saturday.
Many claimed that they ordered a smartphone providing Sharma’s residential address for cash-on-delivery, while few others said that they have already made a fake Aadhaar card using Sharma’s number and available information and used it to authenticate himself on Facebook and Amazon Cloud Services. According to the reports, personal details including address, date of birth, photo, mobile number and email address cannot be obtained from the Aadhaar servers.
According to UIDAI, some people are trying to disturb this large-scale unique ID program. R.S. Sharma’s tenure ends on 9 August and asked people to show an example where one can do any harm to him.
Sharma remained calm and said that he is not trying to prove anything. He is just saying that by knowing his Aadhaar number, which by the way, a random 12-digit number is creating just a unique for each citizen. R.S. Sharma completely disagrees with the misinformation and misconception about Aadhar.
According to UIDAI, the current issue mainly highlights the need for personal data protection and a draft bill on it has been submitted to the government by the committee headed by former Supreme Court judge B.N. Srikrishna.
The Data Protection committee submitted its report and the draft Personal Data Protection Bill for 2018 to the government on Friday.