The latest advisory from the Government says that people should always share their masked Aadhaar instead of photocopies. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has warned people about the misuse of Aadhaar photocopies that they easily hand them over to others.
Advisory from The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) clearly states that unlicensed private businesses like hotels, cinema halls, etc are not allowed to collect or hold your aadhaar copies. Thus, for identification purposes, people should only provide their masked aadhaars.
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Advice To Use Masked Aadhaars
The authority has advised using masked aadhaar cards in the conditions where you are required to provide identity proof, as the last 4 digits are only visible to another person. If you don’t have one then you can download a masked aadhaar by visiting the official website.
As per UIDAI’s advice, “The existence of any Aadhaar number can be verified at the official website . To verify offline, you can scan the QR code on eAadhaar or Aadhaar letter or Aadhaar PVC card using a QR code scanner in the mAadhaar mobile application.”
Further said, “Please avoid using a public computer at an internet cafe/kiosk to download an e-Aadhaar. However, if you do so, please ensure that you delete all the downloaded copies of e-Aadhaar permanently from that computer.”
Then, “Only those organizations that have obtained a User License from the UIDAI can use Aadhaar for establishing the identity of a person. Unlicensed private entities like hotels or film halls are not permitted to collect or keep copies of Aadhaar cards. It is an offense under the Aadhaar Act 2016. If a private entity demands to see the Aadhaar card or seeks a photocopy of the Aadhaar card, please verify that they have a valid User License from the UIDAI.”