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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Madhya Pradesh government has introduced a facility of digital locker to give a boost to the concept of paperless governance in the state.

“Facility of digital locker has been introduced to concretise concept of paperless governance. Through this facility, space will be available to every citizen on government cloud,” an official release said today.

Digital locker is a dedicated personal storage space, linked to each person’s Aadhaar number. It can be used to securely store e-documents as well as store Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) link of e-documents issued by various government departments.

People can store all their important information on the government portal www.digitallocker.gov.in by registering themselves with the help of their Aadhaar number, said a government spokesperson.

If someone’s mobile number is not linked with Aadhaar card number, then he can reach out to nearby Aadhaar registration centre, MP Online kiosk, public facilitation centre or any other authorized agency to enjoy the benefits of digital locker.

A government release said that this facility will minimize the use of hard copies of documents, provide facility to maintain electronically and digitally signed documents online, determine authenticity of documents through e-signature and keep a check on fake documents.

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Will Facebook accounts be linked to Aadhaar card?

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

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Facebook is not collecting Aadhaar card data Picture credits: Wikimedia commons
Facebook is not collecting Aadhaar card data: Wikimedia commons

After some reports suggested that Facebook was asking new users in India to enter their names as mentioned in their Aadhaar Card when they sign up for an account, the social media giant clarified that it is not collecting Aadhaar data.

From where the rumor emerged

Facebook said it ran a small test to help new users understand how to sign up to the social network with their real name and connect with their friends and family.

“Some have interpreted this test as a request for people’s Aadhaar information… This is not correct,” 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 said.

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

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

Facebook conducted tests just when the Government was linking Aadhaar to the digital world Wikimedia commons
Facebook conducted tests just when the Government was linking Aadhaar to the digital world Wikimedia commons

The test ran with a small number of users in India and Facebook said it currently has no plans to roll out 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 users in India and 212 million of them are active on smartphones. It has 2.1 billion monthly active users globally. Facebook-owned WhatsApp has over 200 million monthly active users in India.

The Facebook test came at a time when the government is asking citizens to link Aadhaar details with their digital lives.

The government recently extended till March 31, 2018, the deadline for linking Aadhaar with bank accounts, PAN, mobile numbers and several other schemes. (IANS)

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