Sunday, 22 April, 2018

Facebook confirms it is testing Aadhaar authentication for new users

Facebook Aadhaar Prompt Facebook may soon ask you to link your account with your Aadhaar Card
Olivia Ford | 29 December, 2017, 02:37

The controversy began when Facebook started testing the use of Aadhaar as an example to the users in India to put forth their real names while creating a new account. When a DNA correspondent tried to create a new account, he wasn't given the Aadhaar prompt. However, sources in the company said a small percentage of Indian users who are signing up for the service on mobile can see this message for now.

Kiran Jonnalagadda, Aadhaar's most vocal critic and co-founder of Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF), an advocacy group feels that there is the fear around Aadhaar which is now extending onto Facebook even though Facebook is attempting to do something else.

"What's your name? Using the name on your Aadhaar card makes it easier for friends to recognise you", the prompt reads. Previously, it used to suggest users to use the real name. Facebook usually asks new users to give their mobile number and email to check their credentials. As the spokesperson mentions, it is not mandatory to use the name as per Aadhaar, just a prompt for users.

In some countries, Facebook also advises users to take a picture using front camera to activate facial recognition mode. "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". Indian Government has taken steps this year to make Aadhar a mandatory Identification measure for Indian citizens. The security of the Aadhaar system has been brought into question several times. Are there any plans make the Aadhaar card the only permissible ID verification document in the near future?

Facebook is not the first private agency to ask for Aadhaar details.

In the light of these incidents, any and everything related to Aadhaar becomes a hot topic of discussion.

Facebook said the move was meant to curb proliferation of fake accounts on its platform and has now clarified that its recent "Aadhaar prompt" not meant to collect Aadhaar information.

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