The Unique Identification Authority of India has withdrawn its press release dated May 27 which had cautioned against sharing of photocopies of Aadhaar cards and had advised card holders only to share the masked Aadhaar with only the last 4 digits.
"..in view of the possibility of the misinterpretation of the Press Release, the same stands withdrawn with immediate effect", the latest press release issued by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology today (May 29) stated.
"UIDAI issued Aadhaar card holders are only advised to exercise normal prudence in using and sharing their UIDAI Aadhaar numbers", the new press release stated.
"Aadhaar Identity Authentication ecosystem has provided adequate features for protecting and safeguarding the identity and privacy of the Aadhaar holder", it further stated.
The Ministry stated that the May 27 press release was issued in the context of an attempt to misuse a photoshopped Aadhaar card.