Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Facebook is testing Name As Per Aadhar Card Prompt For New Users

In India, Aadhar Card is becoming popular with the passes of time. Aadhar Card works as a necessary Identity Proof to verify your identity anywhere. Now Facebook has also taken a step which is related to aadhar card for creating new account prevention of creating new accounts on Facebook. As in the current day, there are a huge number of fake accounts created by users on Facebook. So for preventing the creation of these fake account Facebook has taken steps to link the aadhar card for creating a new account.

Aadhar Card is a popular identity proof in India, which consists of a unique number of 12. The 12 digit's unique aadhar number is known as the Unique Identification Authority Of India ( UIDAI ). The number is generated by the Indian Government for every resident of India. UIDAI is used for verification. Now Aadhar Card verification is mandatory for creating a new account on Facebook. If we compare the popularity of Facebook around the world, Facebook is most popular in the US and popular in India.

While creating the new account on Facebook a prompt will appear on the display. Currently, Facebook is testing " Name As Per Aadhar Prompt " at the time of signing up. The move is aimed at encouraging users to put their real names on the social network. Facebook has hopes that this process of using the name on users Aadhaar card makes it easier for friends to recognize them. But here is one to note the prompt will not appear to all the Facebook users around India, but only to a few numbers of users from in India. Hence using the name as per aadhar card on the Facebook account is not a mandatory process for every Indian Facebook user.

According to Facebook, this is an optional prompt, and users are not required to enter the name on their Aadhaar card. Users can also use the name as known by people. Regarding this process, a spokesperson belongs to Facebook said that " We want to make sure people can use the names they’re known by on Facebook, and can easily connect with friends and family. This is a small test where we provide additional language when people sign up for an account to say that using the name on their Aadhaar card makes it easier for friends to recognize them. This is an optional prompt that we are testing. People are not required to enter the name on their Aadhaar card"

While concerning privacy and security related issues Facebook will not ask for any other details. Regarding this issue the lawyer Smitha Prasad, project manager, Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University, Delhi said, ""The use of Aadhaar in this manner could lead to privacy risks in terms of implications of the publication of Aadhaar data, as well as the use of data including Aadhaar and other customer information that could lead to individual profiling," said lawyer Smitha Prasad, project manager, Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University, Delhi

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