Ram Sewak Sharma said he challenged people to show him how their knowledge of his unique identity number could be user to harm him. He shared Aadhar number in Twitter, challenged people to show him how their knowledge of the unique identity number could be used.
Several users claiming that they were able to obtain his personnel details such as PAN number and mobile number, it led to severe backlash on Twitter .
Sharma tweeted , “Now, I give this challenge to you: show me one concrete example where you can do any harm to me”. Sharma got 577 retweets and 745 likes by in the evening.
Twitter users took up the challenge thrown by Sharma and started digging details on him, they soon found many of his private detail. Although it is not clear how many of these were found because Sharma gave out his Aadhar number and how many were out in open because on one gives any serious thought to privacy in India.
Most of details shared by Twitter users, such as phone number and Home address , were taken from the government website like site of TRAI, where Sharma is chairman, and the voter tolls that are available in public.
Sir, please do a press conference or provide some legal assurance that you will not bothered if anything illegal happens with your Aadhar, one user wrote. Lies have been your habits. So there is no ground on why we should trust your tweet. Then we will show you who we are.
Twitter there was an example of how some not so private details could be used to find out information that was more private. Using the DoB and address of Sharma, a Twitter user contracted Air India customer care and managed to pose as the TRAI chairman to retrieve the frequent flier number.
Sharma also used the number as his security question on Gmail in case he lost the password. However , when the details were made public, Sharma continued to say that leak of his frequent number did not harm him.