Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Facebook clarifies it isn't collecting user's Aadhaar data

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Nina Mathis | 29 December, 2017, 02:34

New users, who are trying to open a new Facebook account, are now prompted with a message "asking" them to enter their Aadhaar name in the field where the users are supposed to enter their name. In one of these efforts, the social network is now apparently asking Indians to register with the names on their Aadhaar cards, raising obvious security concerns as the company and the government can then directly tie accounts to real people. Facebook has started testing the use of Aadhaar as an example to encourage new users in India to use their real names on its site.

"Some have interpreted this test as a request for people's Aadhaar information when you sign up for a Facebook account". You can still use any random name and create a new account.

"We want to make sure people can use the names they're known by on Facebook, and can easily connect with friends and family", a spokesperson for the California-based firm told the Indian Express.




According to reports, currently, only a small percentage of people, using Facebook on mobile are able to see this feature.

Facebook isn't the first online company to ask consumers for Aadhaar. With the ever-increasing pool of internet users, the country is a major market for Facebook and will play a big role in the growth of the site. "Amazon continues to look for the most robust practices towards customer support and this process is only done in limited cases where a detailed check is needed for a missing or wrong delivery". Our understanding is Aadhaar is the most ubiquitous and most widely held identification and is, therefore, our preferred one. Are there any plans make the Aadhaar card the only permissible ID verification document in the near future? It didn't ask for any other Aadhaar details while creating a new account. These details include Aadhaar numbers, usernames and their father's name. The ensuing media scrutiny seems to have put Facebook India on the backfoot and has prompted the social media behemoth to publish a blog post clarifying the matter.

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