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How to Prevent the Misuse of an Aadhaar Card?


Fraud cases involving ‘misuse’ of Aadhaar data on rise, last week one of my relatives called me and anxiously told me that a duplicate e-sim card was issued against his name using his Aadhaar card without his notice and wanted to know what can he do to prevent misuses of his Aadhaar card in future.
Late last year there was a report of a major breach of Aadhaar details of 81.5 crore Indians due to a massive data leak from Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and that data was placed on auction sale in the darkweb. Many of us give Aadhaar card photocopy or scanned copy to various agencies and businesses for hotel room reservation, loan or other banking services, sim card, school/college admission etc. which may also get leaked and sold to criminals. In my previous article, I had listed various frauds done using such leaked or stolen Aadhaar card details, please check it.
Aadhaar is a 12-digit unique identity number that can be obtained voluntarily by all residents of India, based on their biometrics (10 finger prints, 2 iris prints and photo of face) and demographic data. Aadhaar program was initially created aiming to issue an Aadhaar number to all residents ensuring that it is robust enough to eliminate duplicate and fake identities, and that the number can be verified and authenticated in an easy and cost-effective way online anywhere, anytime. Later, it was extended as proof of identity and proof of address for residents of India for host of services, including mobile SIM cards, bank accounts, registration of deaths, land registration, vehicle registration, the Employees’ Provident Fund Organization, and a large number of welfare schemes by government and by private companies and businesses.

Preventive steps one can take to prevent such misuse or frauds :-

Steps you can take once you are aware of misuse of your Aadhaar card :-

Legal(Indian) remedies available to the victim :-

You can register a criminal case at your nearest cyber or regular police station, under the following legal sections or under the Acts and Sections as prescribed by the police as per your case :

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