We are not collecting Indian users’ Aadhaar data, says Facebook


New Delhi, Dec 28: A day after some media reports suggested that Facebook was asking new users in India to enter their names as mentioned in their Aadhaar Card when they make a new account, the social media titan on Thursday clarified that it is not collecting Aadhaar data.

Facebook stated it ran a small test just to help new users understand how to sign up to the social network with their real name and connect with their loved ones.

“Some have interpreted this test as a request for people’s Aadhaar information… This is not correct,” news agency IANS quoted citing the company said in a statement.

“The test, which has now finished, merely includes additional language on the account sign-up page to explain that using their Aadhaar name will help family and friends recognise them,” the statement asserted.

At the point of account sign-up, users who were part of the test saw language that stated, “using the name on your Aadhaar card makes it easier for friends to recognise you.”

The social media major did not ask participants in the test to provide their Aadhaar number.

The test was conducted on a small number of users in India. Apart from this Facebook said it currently has no plans to introduce this test further.

“We are not collecting Aadhaar data and do not require people to enter their Aadhaar name when they sign up to Facebook,” the company stressed.

Facebook has over 217 million monthly active Indian users, while 212 million of them are active on smartphones.

The social media giant has 2.1 billion monthly active users at a global stage.


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