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  1. Aadhaar card mobile number linking: Surprise! You may not have to link via UID after all

Aadhaar card mobile number linking: Surprise! You may not have to link via UID after all

In the wake of the government facing criticism for forcing people to link their mobile connection to their Aadhaar card numbers, the former has come up with a solution.

By: | New Delhi | Published: October 26, 2017 4:53 PM
Aadhaar, aadhaar card linking, mobile number linking, Aadhaar card mobile number linking, IVRS, OTP, mobile connection, Aadhaar card number As linking Aadhaar card number was creating a scope for privacy invasion the Union government is considering an option of letting people use other IDs to complete the verification process.

In the wake of the government facing criticism for forcing people to link their mobile connection to their Aadhaar card numbers, the former has come up with a solution. As linking Aadhaar card number was creating a scope for privacy invasion the Union government is considering an option of letting people use other IDs to complete the verification process. According to a reports, the government is now considering the option of letting people use their driver’s license, ration card and passport as IDs for completing the verification process of their mobile connection. According to an official source, “We are ready to explore other options. We are looking at whether a ration card, or a driver’s license, or some other authentication document can be used. No final call has been taken on the matter though.”

After the suggestion was made by the apex court to the telecom ministry, the latter instructed all mobile companies to link Aadhaar with mobile phones numbers for a credible authentication mechanism. In case people do not follow this process by the month of February next year, their mobile services could be suspended.

It has also been stated that a fresh petition has been filed in the Supreme Court against the government’s decision of Aadhaar-linkage to mobile service providers. Telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan while talking about this was quoted as saying, “We will be putting in place a mechanism to ensure their authentication as well.”

The report further states that earlier three new ways to complete the process of Aadhaar authentication with the mobile number was being mulled – this was announced by telecom minister Manoj Sinha. The linkage can be done via- OTP (one-time password), an app or through an IVRS (Interactive Voice Response System) facility. Sinha said, “It is the government’s endeavour to improve convenience and reduce time and energy spent by consumers to accessing government information and services.”

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    Reader
    Nov 3, 2017 at 11:36 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.
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    1. R
      Reader
      Nov 6, 2017 at 6:12 am
      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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      Reader
      Nov 3, 2017 at 11:35 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 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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      1. Kunwar Narayan
        Oct 27, 2017 at 2:38 pm
        Excellent. This is a better way to do it. Nudge people with Options. Use Aadhar, and get done in 2 minutes, use Drivers license, voter card, ration card, etc.....and takes few weeks and police verification required. Kindly pick one. :))
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          Ouseph Arimboor
          Oct 26, 2017 at 9:15 pm
          The most important attention needed is settling the pending court matters piled up in our courts. The people are fed up and as Gandhiji has said if the matters are delayed justice is denied.
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          1. R
            Reader
            Oct 26, 2017 at 6:42 pm
            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 6:41 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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                Reader
                Oct 26, 2017 at 6:41 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, 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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                  Reader
                  Oct 26, 2017 at 6:40 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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                    Ayan
                    Oct 26, 2017 at 5:50 pm
                    Linking Mobile number with Aadhaar ID is MANDATORY. But, singing and standing for National Anthem is OPTIONAL. #WTF #Govt
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