UIDAI: The UIDAI or Unique Identification Authority of India, which issues the Aadhaar card, is considering using smartphones as a means of establishing the identity of a resident. The development of the authority seeking to use smartphones as a “universal authenticator” was confirmed by CEO Saurabh Garg at a summit. Currently, authentication is performed using iris, OTP and fingerprints, and the authority is seeking to extend the scope of these authentication methods. Garg said it was a work in progress and the authority hoped to proceed quickly. This, he said, would allow people to authenticate directly from their homes.
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Right now, 80 crore out of 120 crore of mobile connections are mapped to smartphones and could be used for authentication, he said. Beyond that, however, no further details were shared in this regard and how it would be achieved.
The CEO spoke about the importance of privacy and data security for UIDAI, and added that the Aadhaar number is on the way to becoming a single identity that will be universally available and authenticated. He also said that the direct benefit transfer based on the number of Aadhaar has helped the government save Rs 2million lakh due to the plugging of leaks as well as the removal of duplicates.
Apart from this, the banking and telecom industries use the Aadhaar card to meet KYC standards, with around 70 crore (which means half of global bank accounts) accounts are given the unique identification number. In addition, UIDAI has now reduced authentication fees, with a full KYC costing Rs 3 per authentication, while 50 paise would be charged for each simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ authentication, which the authority says will help. to increase the use of ID for authentication.