"What's your name? Using the name on your Aadhaar card makes it easier for friends to recognise you", the prompt read, sending jitters among numerous users.
However, Facebook declined to answer queries regarding the possibility of Aadhaar linkage in the future, and whether users in other countries are similarly prompted to use their real names with specific reference to relevant government IDs in the region.
It is noteworthy that using the same name as on Aadhaar card is an optional features and not compulsory.
Facebook has asked its new users to use their Aadhaar name for opening an account.
According to a report by mysmartprice, this is prompt is limited to the Safari web browser on iOS devices at the time their article was published. Facebook is now testing this new feature on limited number of users and not all users may be able to see this. Facebook has started testing Aadhaar authentication when it comes to signing up on the social networking site.
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.
Facebook says the new Aadhaar name incite is meant to control the quantity of fake records on its online networking stage. There was no message related to real name when we tried the same using other networks. The user was asked to provide his first and last name same as one on his Aadhaar card. That said, the word Aadhaar is a minefield.
Facebook: Yes, Aadhaar Age Is Here!Also, it is tipped that the prompt does not appear to all the users and that it is random. A few weeks ago, online retailer Amazon had asked customers to upload their Aadhaar numbers to track lost packages. Indian Government has taken steps this year to make Aadhar a mandatory Identification measure for Indian citizens.
Data privacy has become a hot topic of discussion in the country, especially after so many breaches have come to light especially in case of Aadhaar.
These details included sensitive information such as names, addresses, bank account details and Aadhaar numbers.
Recently, a nine-judge constitution bench of the apex court had held that Right to Privacy was a Fundamental Right under the Constitution. How this pans out is still not sure and we will have to wait and see how much of a benefit it does for everyone using the platform.
As of now, users can breathe easy as Facebook has clarified that they aren't interested in your Aadhaar details currently.