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  1. Aadhaar Card, mobile linking: Do not want to make the connection? Here is what Modi government is mulling for you

Aadhaar Card, mobile linking: Do not want to make the connection? Here is what Modi government is mulling for you

The department of telecom (DoT) is exploring an alternate mechanism for those subscribers who do not want to link their Aadhaar cards with mobile numbers.

By: | New Delhi | Published: October 26, 2017 4:56 AM
Aadhaar Card,  mobile linking, SIM re-verification, DoT , Mamata Banerjee, Manoj Sinha, Aruna Sundararajan, Aadhaar cards  The development comes hours after the West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said that she would not link her mobile phone with Aadhaar. (PTI)

The department of telecom (DoT) is exploring an alternate mechanism for those subscribers who do not want to link their Aadhaar cards with mobile numbers. A source said on Wednesday that DoT is ready to explore “other options” for those who have Aadhaar cards but do not want to link it to their mobile numbers for SIM re-verification. However, the process will be in conformity with the directions given by the Supreme Court in the Lok Niti Foundation case on February 6 this year. The apex court had asked the Centre to put in place within a year an effective mechanism to scrutinise the details of identities of over 1 billion existing as well as future mobile telephone consumers. It had also said that verification is important as mobile phones are being used for banking services too.

The development comes hours after the West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said that she would not link her mobile phone with Aadhaar. Telecom minister Manoj Sinha, when asked to respond on Banerjee’s comments, said that the process is being conducted to ensure that mobile numbers are not misused for fraudulent purposes. Also, DoT has also issued a comprehensive set of instructions for linking of Aadhaar cards with mobile number and re-verification process of mobile users. According to the new rules, three new methods to link mobile numbers with Aadhaar cards have been introduced. Subscribers can now opt for either the OTP (one time password)-based process or do it though the app of the service provider, or through the IVRS facility.

Subscribers can now get their mobile number linked to Aadhaar without visiting the stores of the telecom operators. For the ease of senior citizens and people with disabilities and chronic illness, DoT has also recommended for the re-verification at subscribers’ doorsteps. Telecom operators will have to provide an online mechanism for subscribers to request such a service and, based on the availability schedule of the visit, complete the process. “Further, in keeping with privacy rules, the DoT has mandated that telecom service providers’ agent should not have access to the subscribers’ e-KYC data and only the name and address of the subscribers should be visible,” Sinha told reporters.Telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan said for that those people who do not have Aadhaar cards, like NRIs, the government will soon come out with an alternate mechanism.

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    Reader
    Nov 11, 2017 at 9:39 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 the person concerned. This is NOT like blocking an ATM card and taking a new one.
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    1. R
      Reader
      Nov 11, 2017 at 9:38 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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        R.Mehta
        Oct 29, 2017 at 3:18 pm
        DOT should ask the telecom companies to start the process with eased norms immediately as some Telecom Providers are thinking that as there is no time limit prescribed for linking with eased norms ,they will do the same with their convenience inJanuary /Feburary 2018 and till then people should visit their stores to get the needful done.Immediate directions are required to be given to telecom companies to start the process by OTP etc at the earliest and should start the same from November 2017 ,to enable the people to take benefit of same.
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          Kannan
          Oct 26, 2017 at 7:59 am
          the GOI has no respect for the judiciary. If the government is talking about cracking down on corruption, JAIL MALLYA, LAIT MODI, JIGNESH SHAH, MARAN, REDDY, DAWOOD, HAFEEZ and hundreds others, BEFORE they make TALL CLAIMS that blow holes in the OZONE. Demonetisation is a FAILURE that caused hardship to the poor,honest and law abiding. The Aadhar is GROSS MISUSE OF AUTHORITY and violates rights,. It is ULTRA VIRES the aadhar act. It si VOID AB INTIO. It is DISGRACEFUL that Data protection, Privacy and Compuer laws are NOT in place. It is being "considered" now as a DILUTED afterthought. What a SHAME!
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          1. R
            Reader
            Oct 26, 2017 at 5:43 am
            The Supreme Court is yet to take a decision on the validity of Aadhaar and whether the State can compulsorily link Aadhaar to various programs and all financial transactions. The Supreme Court is set to hear peti-tions related to Aadhaar including those for scrapping the Aadhaar Act, stopping biometric profiling, halting bank and mobile databases seeding with Aadhaar, etc. in November 2017.
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            1. R
              Reader
              Oct 26, 2017 at 5:43 am
              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
                Oct 26, 2017 at 5:42 am
                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, and the dangers of such a centralized database being hacked. The other reasons were the unreliability of such a large-scale biometric verification processes, and the ethics of using biometric identification. (Google: Identi-ty Cards Act 2006 and Identi-ty Documents Act 2010 )
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                1. R
                  Reader
                  Oct 26, 2017 at 5:41 am
                  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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