2 thoughts on “Problems with Aadhaar card – it can provide utility or security, not both”

  1. It is very easy to print an e-copy of the Aadhaar of the elderly. Most elderly people and middle aged women do not have their mobile numbers registered with their Aadhaar cards. In that case any mobile number can be entered at (https://eaadhaar.uidai.gov.in) for OTP and the e-copy can be downloaded. The Aadhaar-center guy did this for my mother when she had lost her Aadhaar card.

  2. I don’t think you can download Aadhaar from the UIDAI website without authentication (OTP) so just having numbers and details may not be enough for immediate download of copies in bulk, but databases having phone numbers as well easily allows one to report a SIM card as stolen and get a replacement to authenticate the numbers – they will eventually verify your identity, but all you really need is for it to work long enough to get an OTP. A more time consuming, but still easily possible process. In my view, phone numbers and Aadhaar being saved in the same database is a pretty severe security risk for a country thinking to allow banking transactions using Aadhaar. (even if data is not made public, it can be sold by corrupt employees)

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