No proposal to link social media accounts of individuals to Aadhaar: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Prasad said that as a matter of policy and by design, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) precludes itself from aggregating information arising from the use of Aadhaar, tracking and profiling individuals.

 

 New Delhi:

The government has no proposal for linking Aadhaar with social media accounts of individuals, Parliament was informed on Wednesday.

 

"There is no such proposal with the government for linking Aadhaar with social media accounts of individuals," Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha.

 

He was replying to a specific query on whether the government proposes to enact a law for linking Aadhaar with social media accounts of individuals.


Prasad said that as a matter of policy and by design, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) precludes itself from aggregating information arising from the use of Aadhaar, tracking and profiling individuals.


"...the system by intent is blind to the purpose for which Aadhaar may be used at the front end by the resident. Also, the core biometrics is encrypted at the time of enrolment/updation. It is never kept unencrypted and is never shared," he added.


Prasad said Aadhaar is based on three core principles of "minimal information, optimal ignorance and federated database".

 


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