New Delhi: An all-out war erupted on Twitter after TRAI chairman RS Sharma on Saturday disclosed his Aadhaar number on the microblogging site and challenged everyone to show how mere knowledge of the unique number could be used to harm him, triggering a deluge of tweets that claimed to disclose his personal details from PAN to mobile number.
The challenge by Mr Sharma evoked an immediate response from the Twitterati, with some users claiming to have dug up his mobile number, photographs, residential address, date of birth and even chat threads using the information, while others warned him about the perils of throwing such a dare on the social media platform.
While much of the information based on the Aadhaar data that was dug out may already be in the public domain, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) official did not verify whether the details pertaining to his PAN were indeed correct.
When contacted by PTI, Mr Sharma declined to make any detailed comment on the matter by saying, “Let the challenge run for some time”.
Giving out his full Aadhaar number, the TRAI chairman had tweeted: “Now I give this challenge to you: Show me one concrete example where you can do any harm to me!”
The challenge by Mr Sharma has got over 2,850 retweets, and 3,364 likes, and the numbers continued to climb well into the night.
Mr Sharma himself continued to engage in the verbal duel with the Twitterati till late hours, dismissing much information being revealed as ‘public information’ and seeking to debunk the theory that “Aadhaar compromises the privacy of the person”.
“…Yeh details koi state scret nahin hain (These details are no state secret)…,” retorted Mr Sharma at one point, even chiding one of the users for disclosing an address that was old and asking if he (the user) would like to have his latest address.