Pvt Sector Too Can Use it for Authentication: UIDAI
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.