Feb 7: As a safety measure to prevent the dysfunction of QR code and exposing of personal data without an individual’s consent, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has warned the general public against the use of plastic or laminated Aadhaar smart cards. This precaution from the authorities mainly aims to avoid the improper functioning executed through the unauthorized printing of Aadhaar cards.
Stating that unauthorized printing of Aadhaar card is illegal and a punishable offence, UIDAI has also warned the unauthorized agencies not to collect Aadhaar information from public.
According to UIDAI, the Aadhaar letter, its cutaway portion, downloaded versions on ordinary paper or mAadhaar are perfectly valid. The unauthorized printing of Aadhaar card costs between Rs 50-Rs 300 and is needless, UIDAI added.
Further it added that, on course of such unauthorized printing, the plastic or PVC Aadhaar smart cards become ineffective as the QR code (Quick Response Code) commonly becomes dysfunctional. The Aadhaar details (personal sensitive demographic information) can be shared even without the consent of the card holder.
Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO, UIDAI, has been quoted as saying that the downloaded Aadhaar card printed on ordinary paper or mAadhaar is valid anywhere, while the plastic Aadhaar Smart cards are useless. The idea of the need of smart or plastic Aadhaar card does not exist, he added. He further advised the public to avoid sharing their Aadhaar number and personal details with unauthorized agencies.