In July last year, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) launched the mAadhaar app for Android smartphones. With the electronic version of Aadhaar card on smartphones, users no longer need to carry the physical Aadhaar card. While the app is available exclusively for Android users, it will soon be made available for iOS users too.
The piece of information was revealed by UIDAI’s CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey in a Twitter AMA session on January 28, which is also known as Data Privacy Day. Responding to one of the user’s question, he said “#mAadhaar for iOS to be out soon.” However, he did not mention any time frame for the same.
— Aadhaar (@UIDAI) January 28, 2018
Also, in a response to one of BGR India’s question related to smart chip, UIDAI CEO mentioned that it is not coming anytime soon. He said, “Aadhaar is a digital identity based on your biometric and also your mobile number which is linked to Aadhaar. It is not based on any smart card or chip. Because it is based on biometrics, therefore there is really no need for any chip or any smart card in Aadhaar.”
The mAadhaar app lets you secure your Aadhaar profile using a secure password, which you need to enter every time you open the app. There are two interesting features that come as a part of the app. First one is a biometric lock, which allows users to lock their biometric data against misuse. So, even if someone has your Aadhaar, say your network operator, their system won’t be able to authenticate your Aadhaar profile until you open the biometric lock.
The second feature is TOTP or temporary OTP. The feature enables you to generate a random OTP and use it for authentication purposes, especially when mobile network for SMS delivery fails.
Also, given the recent security concerns over Aadhaar data, UIDAI has added introduced Face Authentication for Aadhaar profile using laptop and smartphone cameras. The authority has also announced Virtual ID that will replace the existing 12-digit permanent Aadhaar number with a randomly generated 16-digit number that can be given to agencies for authentication.