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Nedeed: a full disclosure on Aadhaar

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Shortly after UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey claimed that revealing Aadhaar numbers did not violate privacy or pose a security risk UIDAI has introduced a 16 digit Unique Identifier to mask the Aadhaar number. Such claims and contrary actions are synonymous with the information asymmetry that has characterised Aadhaar implementation. The public is told one thing and then another by those possessing Aaadhar information. UIDAI is not the only culprit. Today our Aadhaar information is with other entities like Income Tax Department, banks, telecom companies, insurance companies, and many other public and private agencies.

Let us take the case of banks. We are told the Aadhaar information is necessary to deliver government schemes and subsidies. I am not enrolled for any government subsidy or social security scheme. I do not get LPG subsidy either because of a piped connection. But I get spammed every day with text messages........

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