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Union Government bans sharing of Aadhaar details

The Union Government has banned agencies in possession of Aadhaar number to publish or post the information publicly to ensure that the details are not misused.

In this regard, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has issued notification under the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, benefits and services) Act, 2016.

Key Facts

  • These agencies will have to ensure security and confidentiality of the 12-digit resident identification number under the Aadhaar Act, 2016.
  • The biometric information collected by UIDAI cannot be shared with anyone for any reason whatsoever.
  • These agencies will also have been mandated to inform Aadhaar holders the purpose for which their details will be used.
  • Any violation of the Aadhaar Act will constitute an offence and is punishable under the Act.
  • Under the Act, penalty has been prescribed for offences such as impersonation of the Aadhaar holder at time of enrolment, tampering with data and disclosing identity information.

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eSignDesk: Aadhar-linked eSignature facility launched

Aadhar-linked eSignature facility dubbed as eSignDesk was launched by LegalDesk, a Bengaluru based start-up in the online legal documentation business.

eSignDesk based on Aadhaar platform it is actually an initiative of the Union Government aimed at allowing all citizens (with Aadhaar) to remotely sign any document.

Key Features of eSignDesk

  • eSignDesk is the instant signing feature. It saves both time and money and also provides security as nobody can forge this signature unlike wet signatures.
  • The users of this facility need to have a registered mobile number associated with the Aadhaar card.
  • It also deters fraud and ensures that the content of the document also cannot be tampered or replicated (forged).
  • The documents signed electronically using it will be legally valid in the country. It will take digital signatures to the masses beyond companies and corporates.

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Ajay Bhushan Pandey appointed as CEO of UIDAI

Senior IAS officer Ajay Bhushan Pandey was appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).

His appointment was confirmed by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Ajay Bhushan Pandey is a 1984 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Maharashtra cadre. Prior to this appointment he was serving as Director General of the UIDAI since August 2015.

About Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)

  • UIDAI is nodal statutory organization behind the Aadhaar, a 12 digit unique number.
  • It was founded under the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime in 2009. Former Infosys CEO Nandan Nilekani was its chairman from 2009 to 2014.
  • It was granted statutory status by Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016.
  • Aadhaar is linked with an individual’s demographic and biometric information, which serves as an authentication tool throughout India.
  • Using Aadhaar, Union and State Governments are trying to link many of their major development and subsidy schemes to reduce leakages and duplication.

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