Pvt Sec­tor Too Can Use it for Au­then­ti­ca­tion: UIDAI

The Economic Times - - Disruption: - Aman.Sharma@ times­group.com

New Delhi: Imag­ine a so­cial net­work­ing web­site or an e-com­merce por­tal opt­ing to ask for an Aad­haar au­then­ti­ca­tion to es­tab­lish your real iden­tity? A Unique Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Au­thor­ity of In­dia (UIDAI) doc­u­ment says this may be pos­si­ble.

An in­ter­nal UIDAI doc­u­ment floated in Fe­bru­ary has pro­posed a num­ber of pos­si­ble usages of Aad­haar even for the pri­vate sec­tor out­side the gov­ern­ment. “Var­i­ous In­ter­net, so­cial net­work­ing and ecom­merce re­lated web­sites could also use Aad­haar Au­then­ti­ca­tion to au­then­ti­cate cus­tomers or sub­scribers when­ever it is re­quired to es­tab­lish the real iden­tity of the per­son who sub­scribes or does a trans­ac­tion,” says the in­ter­nal doc­u­ment sug­gest­ing Aad­haar au­then­ti­ca­tion for de­liv­ery of host of ser­vices. It says e-com­merce com­pa­nies, be­fore com­plet­ing a cash-on-de­liv­ery trans­ac­tion, can send a One-Time Pass­word (OTP) to the reg­is­tered mo­bile phone num­ber of the res­i­dent seek­ing Aad­haar Au­then­ti­ca­tion.

The doc­u­ment says telecom com­pa­nies can use Aad­haar-based au­then­ti­ca­tion for ad­dress ver­i­fi­ca­tion or is­su­ing a new mo­bile con­nec­tion, banks can use the same for date of birth ver­i­fi­ca­tion and any or­gan­i­sa­tion can use it for at­ten­dance track- ing. Banks can also use an OTP-based Aad­haar au­then­ti­ca­tion dur­ing In­ter­net bank­ing trans­ac­tions, the UIDAI doc­u­ment says.

“This us­age will also help man­age cases of im­per­son­ation/false iden­tity in ser­vices such as ob­tain­ing new phone con­nec­tion, credit cards etc,” the doc­u­ment says. Other “new usages” of Aad­haar-based au­then­ti­ca­tion could be as iden­tity proofs in var­i­ous med­i­cal or en­gi­neer­ing ex­am­i­na­tions where a large num­ber of cases of im­per­son­ation are re­ported ev­ery year, the doc­u­ment says. UIDAI has also sug­gested ex­ist­ing govt pro­grammes to use Aad­haar for at­ten­dance track­ing.

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