A guide to FAQs around Aadhaar

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13 Apr 2019

All the questions around Aadhaar, answered

Lately, there has been a lot of confusion about the status of Aadhaar card as a valid document proof.

This comes as a result of the constant debate around the authenticity of Aadhaar, and more so, due to the September 26 Supreme Court verdict on Aadhaar.

Here, we clear all the doubts by answering the most frequently asked questions around Aadhaar.

Tracking

Can UIDAI track my activities?

Can UIDAI track my activities?

UIDAI keeps only the basic information of the users, viz. name, address, gender, DoB, mobile number, Email ID, finger prints, iris scans, and facial photograph.

However, it does not keep the following in its database: information of sensitive nature such as bank account details, shares, mutual funds, financial and property details, health records, family, caste, religion, education etc.

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Will UIDAI receive my bank/shares/MF details upon linking with Aadhaar?

When you link your Aadhaar with your bank account, shares, or Mutual Fund account, these organizations only send your name, biometrics, Aadhaar credentials, etc. to the UIDAI, and not your bank/MF/share details.

SC verdict

What was the latest Supreme Court verdict on Aadhaar?

On September 26, 2018, a five-judge Supreme Court bench, headed by the then CJI Dipak Misra, struck down some provisions relating to authentication of the Aadhaar program, and the Section 57 of Aadhaar Act.

This disarmed private entities like banks, telecom operators, and e-wallet service providers from asking you to furnish your Aadhaar information in order to avail their services.

New status

After the SC judgement, is Aadhaar still mandatory?

After the SC judgement, is Aadhaar still mandatory?

Aadhaar is still mandatory for the following services:

PAN: The linkage of PAN and Aadhaar continues to be mandatory, under Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act.

I-T Returns: Since Aadhaar-PAN linking is still mandatory, one will need their Aadhaar card at the time of filing of Income Tax returns.

Welfare schemes: Aadhaar is also mandatory for availing various government-run welfare schemes and for grant of subsidies.

Not mandatory

What services is Aadhaar no longer mandatory for?

Aadhaar is no longer mandatory for these services:

Bank account: After the SC verdict, one does not need to link Aadhaar with their new/existing bank accounts.

Mobile connection: After the scrapping of Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act, private companies like telecom operators can no longer ask users to link their Aadhaar with SIM cards.

Schools/Exams: Aadhaar is no longer mandatory to register for tests like NEET, UGC and CBSE Board exams.

eAadhaar

Is e-Aadhaar equally valid as the Aadhaar card?

Is e-Aadhaar equally valid as the Aadhaar card?

According to the UIDAI, eAadhaar, ie. the electronically downloaded Aadhaar is an equally valid document as the original Aadhaar issued by UIDAI.

Both these documents are accepted by all concerned agencies.

If any organization or agency refuses to accept eAadhaar as a valid document, a complaint can be lodged in this regard with the higher authorities at the concerned department/agency.

Has there ever been a case of Aadhaar data-breach?

As per the UIDAI, all stories around Aadhaar data breach are cases of misreporting. The Aadhaar-issuing agency claims that Aadhaar data has never been breached, and that they use advanced security technologies to keep your data safe.

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Most asked questions

There is a 10-year difference in the birth date of my mother's Aadhaar. How to correct this?

How to link Aadhaar with phone number?

My Aadhaar card only shows Year or Birth and not the exact DoB. How can I rectify it?

Is it mandatory to update address in Aadhaar?

My Aadhaar only shows Year of Birth, and not the exact Date of Birth. How to correct it?

Is it possible to misuse lost Aadhaar card's data?

I lost my Aadhaar card. Will it be misused?

How can I change DoB in Aadhaar?

How to change Date of Birth in Aadhaar?

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There is a 10-year difference in the birth date of my mother's Aadhaar. How to correct this?

Asked 2019-04-15 23:19:30 by Dr. Rakesh Khandelwal

Answered by NewsBytes

In order to correct erroneous Date of Birth (DoB) in Aadhaar, visit your nearest Aadhaar Enrolment Centre. Obtain an Aadhaar update/correction form, fill it up, and submit, along with necessary documents, and required fee.

How to link Aadhaar with phone number?

Asked 2019-04-14 14:56:42 by H¥DRA | HUNTER

Answered by NewsBytes

In order to link your Aadhaar with phone number, you'll have to update your mobile number in Aadhaar database. To do so, visit your nearest Aadhaar Enrolment Centre, obtain an Aadhaar update/correction form, fill it up, and submit, along with required documents and necessary fee.

My Aadhaar card only shows Year or Birth and not the exact DoB. How can I rectify it?

Asked 2019-04-14 12:33:39 by sujoy sen

Answered by NewsBytes

To update your exact Date of Birth (DoB) in your Aadhaar card - visit your nearest Aadhaar Enrolment Centre, obtain an Aadhaar update/correction form, pen down the details, and submit along with necessary documents, and required fee.

Is it mandatory to update address in Aadhaar?

Asked 2019-04-14 11:05:27 by Srinivasa Rao V V

Answered by NewsBytes

It is advisable to keep your address updated in your Aadhaar card. You can easily do it online using Aadhaar Self-Service Update Portal.

My Aadhaar only shows Year of Birth, and not the exact Date of Birth. How to correct it?

Asked 2019-04-14 02:14:02 by Sushila S Iyengar

Answered by NewsBytes

To update the exact Date of Birth (DoB) in your Aadhaar card, visit your nearest Aadhaar Enrolment Centre. Obtain an Aadhaar update/correction form, fill it up, and submit along with necessary documents, and required fee.

Is it possible to misuse lost Aadhaar card's data?

Asked 2019-04-14 00:10:08 by Anadi Mishra

Answered by NewsBytes

According to UIDAI, your Aadhaar card only contains your basic Aadhaar information. And, by getting merely your basic Aadhaar information, one cannot misuse your sensitive data.

I lost my Aadhaar card. Will it be misused?

Asked 2019-04-14 00:06:28 by Anadi Mishra

Answered by NewsBytes

Your Aadhaar card only contains your basic Aadhaar information. And, merely by getting your basic Aadhaar information, one cannot misuse your data.

How can I change DoB in Aadhaar?

Asked 2019-04-13 22:54:20 by Safarul Sk

Answered by NewsBytes

To change your Aadhaar DoB, visit your nearest Aadhaar Enrolment Centre, obtain an Aadhaar update/correction form, fill it up, and submit, along with necessary documents, and required fee.

How to change Date of Birth in Aadhaar?

Asked 2019-04-13 21:02:05 by MURALI G

Answered by NewsBytes

To change your Aadhaar-registered Date of Birth (DoB), go to your nearest Aadhaar Enrolment Centre. Obtain an Aadhaar update/correction form, fill it up, and submit, along with required documents and necessary fee.

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