1. Aadhaar card mobile number linking: Airtel, Jio, Vodafone users can go for this OTP method; know how to use and problems you may face

Aadhaar card mobile number linking: Airtel, Jio, Vodafone users can go for this OTP method; know how to use and problems you may face

Aadhaar Card verification for linking with mobiles using OTP will start from December 1, 2017. Indians will have to link their Aadhaar number to their mobile numbers and the deadline is February 6, 2018.

By: | Published: November 22, 2017 1:30 PM
Aadhaar card mobile number link via otp Details you need to know about Aadhaar Card Verification via OTP.

Aadhaar Card verification for linking with mobiles using OTP will start from December 1, 2017. Users will have to link their Aadhaar number to their mobile numbers and the deadline is February 6, 2018. Meanwhile, network operators like Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, and Idea Cellular will have the option of verifying their Aadhaar card using a one time password. The Unique Identification Authority of India or UIDAI has reportedly approved new modes such as OTP for Aadhaar based SIM verification for existing users. This facility will start next month. Here are all the details you need to know about Aadhaar Card Verification via OTP:

Aadhaar card number-SIM linking: How to verify using OTP?

Network providers like Jio, Airtel, Vodafone, and Idea will implement OTP-based verification of mobile numbers. This will allow people to get the verification done without actually visiting the store or retail agent. This means that subscribers are not needed to visit a telecom retail store if they have to get the re-verification done for Aadhaar linking with their phone numbers.

As of now, subscribers are required to go to a store and complete the eKYC along with fingerprints. But in the new method, you will get an OTP sent to your mobile number from UIDAI. This will enable the re-verification. However, there is a catch. The OTP will only be sent to a mobile number which is registered with your Aadhaar card. In case you have a new mobile number, that is not linked to your Aadhaar card, the OTP method will not work. So, only if you can still access your old SIM, you will be able to use the OTP method.

Is Aadhaar SIM linking mandatory?

Linking your Aadhaar number and mobile number is compulsory. The last date to do this is February 6, 2018. Earlier this year, the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) had issued an order calling for linking of mobile numbers with Aadhaar card. A new petition wants this order to be declared ‘unconstitutional’ and ‘null and void’, a PTI report said. Earlier in November, it was reported the Supreme Court refused to accept new pleas challenging the linking of mobile numbers with Aadhaar card numbers.

What if your mobile number is not the same as the one on your Aadhaar card?

Users can still get the re-verification done on their new mobile numbers. However, the OTP method cannot work here. You will be required to go to a store of the respective telecom operator and get the re-verification done. You will have to carry your Aadhaar card for this and the mobile number re-verification will be completed after submitted the required documents along with a fingerprint scan.

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    lalit singh
    Dec 4, 2017 at 9:54 am
    where is the link for airtel number
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      Reader
      Nov 22, 2017 at 6:03 pm
      The biometrics-based Aadhaar program is inherently flawed. Biometrics can be easily lifted by external means, there is no need to hack the system. High-resolution cameras can capture your fingerprints and iris information from a distance. Every eye hospital will have iris images of its patients. So another person can CLONE your fingerprints and iris images without your knowledge, and the same can be used for authentication. That is why advanced countries like the US, UK, etc. did not implement such a self-destructive biometrics-based system. If the biometric details of a person are COMPROMISED ONCE, then even a new Aadhaar card will not help that person. This is NOT like blocking an ATM card and taking a new one.
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      1. R
        Reader
        Nov 22, 2017 at 6:01 pm
        UK’s Biometric ID Database was dismantled. Why the United Kingdom's biometrics-linked National Identi-ty Card project to create a centralized register of sensitive information about residents similar to Aadhaar was scrapped in 2010?? The reasons were the massive threat posed to the privacy of people, the possibility of a surveillance state, the dangers of maintaining such a huge centralized repository of personal information and the purposes it could be used for, the dangers of such a centralized database being hacked, and the unreliability of such large-scale biometric verification processes. The Aadhaar program was designed in 2009 by mainly considering the 'Identi-ty Cards Act 2006' of UK, but the UK stopped that project in 2010, whereas India continued with the biometrics-based program. We must think why the United Kingdom abandoned their project and destroyed the data collected. (Google: 'Identi-ty Cards Act 2006' and 'Identi-ty Documents Act 2010' )
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          Reader
          Nov 22, 2017 at 6:01 pm
          A centralized and inter-linked biometric database like Aadhaar will lead to profiling and self-censorship, endangering freedom. Personal data gathered under the Aadhaar program is prone to misuse and surveillance. Aadhaar project has created a vulnerability to identi-ty fraud, even identi-ty theft. Easy harvesting of biometrics traits and publicly-available Aadhaar numbers increase the risk of impersonation, especially online and banking fraud. Centralized databases can be hacked. Biometrics can be cloned, copied and reused. Thus, BIOMETRICS CAN BE FAKED. High-resolution cameras can capture your fingerprints and iris information from a distance. Every eye hospital will have iris images of its patients. So another person can clone your fingerprints and iris images without your knowledge, and the same can be used for authentication. If the Aadhaar scheme is NOT STOPPED by the Supreme Court, the biometric features of Indians will soon be cloned, misused, and even traded.
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          1. R
            Reader
            Nov 22, 2017 at 6:00 pm
            The US Social Security Number (SSN) card has NO BIOMETRIC DETAILS, no photograph, no physical description and no birth date. All it does is confirm that a particular number has been issued to a particular name. Instead, a driving license or state ID card is used as an identification for adults. The US government DOES NOT collect the biometric details of its own citizens for the purpose of issuing Social Security Number. The US collects the fingerprints of only those citizens who are involved in any criminal activity (it has nothing to do with SSN), and the citizens of other countries who come to the US.
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