New Delhi, September 16: As per the new update by centre, agencies in possession of Aadhaar number of an individual will not be allowed to publish or post the information publicly. Assurance of maintaining the secrecy with regards to the 12-digit resident identification number is to be given by such agencies under the Aadhaar Act.
Aadhar card is a number that serves as a proof of identity and address, anywhere in India. Any individual, irrespective of age and gender, who is a resident in India and satisfies the verification process laid down by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), can enroll for Aadhaar.
Ajay Bhushan Pandey CEO of Unique Identification Authority of India said the move is to restrict sharing and circulation of Aadhaar numbers to ensure the information is not misused.As per the rules, the core biometric information, collected by the Authority, cannot be shared with anyone for any reason.
Any violation of the Aadhaar Act will constitute an offence and is punishable under the Act. The agencies that collect the Aadhaar number will also have to specify whether submission of the number or proof of Aadhaar is mandatory or voluntary.
The regulations also provide for obtaining consent of the Aadhaar number holder for collection, storage and use of the same for specified purposes. As per the offence penalty has been prescribed for offences such as impersonation of the Aadhaar holder at the time of enrolment, tampering with data and disclosing identity information.