You may soon have to link your Aadhar card to your Facebook profile.

With the government’s endless efforts to push people to use Aadhar card more often and to unify the information, people were asked to link their Aadhar cards with their bank accounts, SIM cards and even Paytm. After dealing with all the frustration of having to link their Aadhar cards with everything, just when people thought it was over, Facebook now asks users to use their Aadhar information while creating a new account.

As stated in the reports, Facebook will start using Aadhar card as an authentic source of personal government verified information. It is to be noted that, Facebook is testing this feature to make sure that the first name and surname on the user’s profile is same as the one present in their Aadhar card. However, Facebook in an official statement said that it is completely optional and that users can choose not to use their Aadhar information.

“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 recognise them. This is an optional prompt which we are testing, people are not required to enter the name on their Aadhaar card,” said Facebook.

Facebook isn’t the first private sector to ask for people’s Aadhar information. A few weeks back, Amazon urged its customers to upload their Aadhar numbers to track lost packages. Zoomcar, a popular car rental platform said it refuses to accept bookings without customers providing Aadhar card as an identity proof.

In an article on Economic Times, Smitha Prasad, a lawyer and the project manager of 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 publication of Aadhaar data, as well as the use of data including Aadhaar and other customer information that could lead to individual profiling.”

People on Twitter expressed their concerns about the privacy issues that come along with sharing their Aadhar information on social networking portals. On the other hand, Facebook users have not been asked to enter their Aadhar numbers, they need to enter just the name on the Aadhar card, which again is optional. Let us know what you think about this issue in the comments below.

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