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Aadhaar-based eKYC for mobile numbers becomes mandatory; here’s all you need to know

The directive is applicable for old and new mobile numbers -- both for prepaid and postpaid users.

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The Indian government has already made Aadhaar mandatory for Income Tax Returns filing, bank accounts, driving license and LPG subsidy. Now, the Department of Telecom (DoT) has made it mandatory to link your mobile number to Aadhaar by February 6 2018. The DoT has issued a notice asking all telecom subscribers operators to re-verify existing customers through Aadhaar-based e-KYC process. Also Read - Lost your Aadhaar card? Here's how to download Aadhaar card online

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The Supreme Court passed the order dated on February 6 2017, giving exact one year for the completion. India has around one billion mobile users, and re-verifying all of them is likely to cost about Rs 1,000 crore to the telecom companies. The directive is applicable for new and existing prepaid and postpaid users. This is also applicable for connections that are only used for internet, without any incoming or outgoing facilities. So, in case you have a data card or dongle internet access, which does not have calling facility, you ll have to link your mobile number to that connection as well. Also Read - Aadhaar-PAN link deadline: Income Tax website is down; users demand for date extension

The push to re-verify and link Aadhaar cards to mobile numbers is to root out users that have used fraudulent means for getting a phone connection. “All licensees shall intimate their existing subscribers through advertisement in print/electronic media as well as SMS about the orders of the Supreme Court for re-verification activity and shall upload the complete details of this activity on their website,” DoT said in the notice to telecom operators. ALSO READ: Aadhaar-based e-KYC re-verification for all existing mobile subscribers compulsory: SC

After establishing that the SIM card is physically available with the subscriber, the telecom operator will have to send an SMS with verification code. The customer will have to provide this verification code at the time of e-KYC process. Once the verification is done, the operator will send an SMS to the subscriber informing about the verification. The customer has to respond within three-days, and even if the customer fails to do so, the telecom operator can treat this as positive response, and overwrite the customer database. The telcos can also re-verify more than one mobile connection owned by the customer.

Aadhaar mobile linking poses a serious threat

It s good that Aadhaar card is being linked to passport, bank accounts, mobile numbers, Income Tax Returns and more. The process will make it easier for the government to track all details about a person using the Aadhaar card number. However, having all information under one roof also poses a major security threat.

Pranesh Prakash and Sunil Abraham from the Center of Internet and Society have expressed their concerns regarding the DoT s move. The Digital India handle on Twitter stated that Aadhaar is completely safe and secure, however, according to Pranesh Prakash, it is factually untrue. He tweeted saying that biometrics can only be encrypted on software level using the SDK, and not at point of capture (device level). What that means is, even though the government assures that your biometrics are secured, the device that scans and verifies your fingerprint could be easy for someone to hack. This could also end up promoting leakages.

What s more, in April 2014, Narendra Modi has tweeted about Aadhaar saying that the team working on it, and the then PM (Manmohan Singh) couldn t answer questions on the security threat Aadhaar poses. He also mentioned that it has no vision and it’s only a political gimmick. Prakash, further tweeted saying our PM Narendra Modi owes us an explanation on why he changed his mind.

Furthermore, Sunil Abraham has also posted a video on YouTube touching down on several aspects of Aadhaar project from the technical perspective. UIDAI, the Unique Identification Authority of India is using free software and open standards for technical solutions and process architecture, and Sunil has also talked in-depth on how it works and risk management involved with the same.

Aadhaar becomes mandatory, social media goes into frenzy

Whenever something good, or bad, happens, a lot of people use social media as a tool to rant and outrage. With the government making Aadhaar mandatory for almost everything, Twitter has been abuzz and memes are being doing the rounds. ALSO READ: Aadhaar-based eKYC mandatory: Twitter has a field day calling out the move

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  • Published Date: March 27, 2017 11:19 AM IST
  • Updated Date: March 27, 2017 11:25 AM IST



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