There has been an intense argument over the linking of Aadhaar number with various artifacts such as bank accounts, investment accounts, and mobile numbers.
Aadhaar card linking to ration cards, MNREGA, scholarships, LPG connection, etc. is already done.
Those who are opposing this linking cite privacy as their main argument. They say that it will enable the government to profile them and provide it with more information than what they want to share.
The government started this linking campaign to clean up social benefit database of duplicate and ghosts to reduce leakage. Other reasons were to provide inclusive and verifiable identification. The logic was if Unique IDs were created for people, the government could easily clean up other databased by seeding these Unique IDs.
To associate an entry with a real person cannot be stated as a violation of privacy. Even if you go to any bank to open an account, they ask for your KYC (Know Your Customer) details, so you cannot say that this violates your privacy.
Another claim is that once every database is linked to Aadhaar, the government then can allegedly stop any of your services whenever they want.
It’s not true. The entire maintaining that database merely authenticates with UIDAI regarding the accuracy of your aadhaar. Once your link your aadhaar to your bank, the bank conducts ademographic authentication with UIDAI to ensure this number belongs to you only.
Your bank details are not shared by your bank to UIDAI.
So, Aadhaar-linking doesn’t violate the privacy of individuals. Please link your Aadhaar to a bank account with no fear.
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