UIDAI flags 'fraudulent' account, people flay the Aadhaar body for misplaced priorities

Although the account clearly states that it is a parody account, Aadhaar’s official account chose to flag it.
UIDAI flags 'fraudulent' account, people flay the Aadhaar body for misplaced priorities
UIDAI flags 'fraudulent' account, people flay the Aadhaar body for misplaced priorities
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Indians are angry that despite the mounting proof that their biometric and personal data linked to Aadhaar is not safe, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is refusing to acknowledge the truth, and fixing the problem. Instead, the UIDAI is busy going after parody accounts on Twitter, and understandably, people aren’t happy that the Authority has their priorities mixed up.

On Sunday, the official handle of Aadhaar warned its ‘Twitter audience’ about a fake profile of UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey.

“The only official profile of Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO - UIDAI is @ceo_uidai. We would also be taking official action against the people who have created this fake profile to mislead people,” the UIDAI handle tweeted.

However, the handle that UIDAI flagged in order to ensure that people are not ‘mislead’, doesn’t claim to be the original. The handle @ceouidai, in its ‘About’ section, clearly states, “This is the UNOFFICIAL Twitter handle of the CEO of Unique Identification Authority of India. Current serving CEO – Dr Ajay Bhushan Pandey #Parody Account.”

Twitter users lost it.

To all of this, the person handling the Aadhaar account had only one response. A screenshot of Twitter’s requirements for parody, newsfeed, commentary, and fan accounts.

“The account name (note: this is separate from the username, or @handle) should not be the exact name as the subject of the account without some other distinguishing word, such as "not," "fake," or "fan," and be done so in a way that would be understood by the intended audience,” is the section that the UIDAI handle repeatedly highlights to users responding to their original tweet.

However, this too doesn’t justify flagging the @ceouidai, as the name of the account was Dr Ajay Bhushan Pandey. The account name of the original account, @ceo_uidai, was simply CEO UIDAI.

Twitter caught on quickly, with many users also taking jibes at UIDAI for their lack of security measures.

In a story by the Tribune, the reporter Rachna Khaira stated that she paid Rs 500 through Paytm, and in 10 minutes "an 'agent' of the group running the racket created a 'gateway' for this correspondent and gave a login ID and password. You could enter any Aadhaar number in the portal, and instantly get all particulars that an individual may have submitted to the UIDAI.

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