Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has introduced a new feature called ‘Masked Aadhaar’ in order to make Aadhaar safer. ‘Masked Aadhaar’ is an option that allows a person to cover their 12-digit unique identity in the downloaded Aadhaar or e Aadhaar. In case someone is asked to furnish Aadhaar has their ID proof they can do so without their Aadhaar number on display.
It may be noted that E-Aadhaar is a password protected electronic copy of Aadhaar, which is digitally signed by UIDAI. According to the Aadhaar Act, e-Aadhaar is as valid as the physical copy of Aadhaar for all purposes except for subsidies, government schemes and DBT. e-Aadhaar can be downloaded by visiting visiting UIDAI websites – https://uidai.gov.in/ or by visiting https://eaadhaar.uidai.gov.in
In the new ‘Masked Aadhaar’ feature, the 12 digit identity number will get masked and only the last 4 digits will be displayed. However, the demographic information, photograph, and the QR code will still be visible. The move aimed to make people use Aadhaar card more as an identity proof. To download the Masked Aadhaar, one will have to use the e-Aadhaar facility from the UIDAI website. Once they are on the page to download the e-Aadhaar, they get a choice to select between ‘Regular’ and ‘Masked Aadhaar……Read More>>