Aadhaar card is a 12 digit number issued to all the citizens of our country by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). It is a very important document which contains both demographic and biometric data and can be used as an address proof as well as ID proof.
Aadhaar card is very important and it is used to avail various government subsidies and benefits. It is mandatory to link Aadhaar with PAN otherwise your income tax returns would not be processed. Not just this, there are many places where Aadhaar card is mandatory.
Even though the government has assured citizens on the security of the data collected by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), many people are still worried on the use of their data. This is because over the last few years; there are a couple of reports regarding the security of the Aadhaar database. If you have concerns over the misuse of your Aadhaar card, you can check where it has been used in the past few months through the 'Aadhaar Authentication History' option. This option is offered by UIDAI and is available on the website. In this blog, we will discuss how to check Aadhaar Authentication History?
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1. To identify if your Aadhaar card has been misused, you must visit the official website of UIDAI’s – uidai.gov.in and click on the “Aadhaar Authentication History” which is available under the option My Aadhaar > Aadhaar services section.
2. After you click on the “Aadhaar Authentication History” you will be taken to a new page where you will be asked to enter you Aadhaar number and the captcha shown in the image. You then click on "Send OTP". The OTP will be sent to your registered mobile number.
3. In the next page, the first option is "Authentication Type" where "All" is set by default. In the drop-down, you can filter it to the specific type of authentication request like demographics, biometrics, OTP and so on.
The second option is "Select Date Range" where you have to manually select the dates from the drop-down. You then check only the authentication done during the past six months.
The third option is ‘Number of Records’, where you will be allowed to check up to the last 50 Aadhaar authentication records. Finally, you have to enter the OTP sent to your mobile number and click on submit. Once you click on submit you will be taken to a new page.
4. In the new page, you are allowed to view the full list of Aadhaar authentication requests. You will get to see the places where your Aadhaar number has been used, whether it is successful or unsuccessful. You will be even allowed to download the list as a password protected PDF file. To open that file, you must enter the first four letters of your name in the upper case along with the year of birth.
If your Aadhaar card has been misused, you need to inform the UIDAI by sending them an email on firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call the toll-free number 1947.
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