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  1. Aadhaar mobile number SIM linking: Verification method for NRIs, foreign tourists to be rolled out soon

Aadhaar mobile number SIM linking: Verification method for NRIs, foreign tourists to be rolled out soon

The Telecom Department and Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) are planning to evolve SIM verification method for NRIs and foreign tourists as they are not eligible for Aadhaar card.

By: | New Delhi | Published: October 26, 2017 9:17 PM
The Telecom Department and Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) are planning to evolve SIM verification method for NRIs and foreign tourists.

The Telecom Department and Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) are planning to evolve SIM verification method for NRIs and foreign tourists as they are not eligible for Aadhaar card. Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said the decision over the issue will be taken in three weeks. Sundararajan said,”Those who have Aadhaar or are entitled to get Aadhaar will have to verify their SIMs with their Aadhaar.” The verification process for SIM card through Aadhaar-based authentification has been simplified with the government allowing OTP and another method to complete the process of linking mobile numbers to Aadhaar, PTI reports. Sundararajan said,”The operators have been asked to draw up a process incorporating new guidelines and come back to UIDAI by November 15. Once the UIDAI gives them clearance, they will have to implement the new system within a period of two weeks.”

The government has launched a series of measures to ease Aadhaar-based re-verification of existing subscribers. The process of re-verification for chronically ill, senior citizens and disabled people can be exercised by the operator coming at the doorsteps.The mobile numbers can also be linked with Aadhaar through OTP (one-time password), app or IVRS facility. Telecom operators have also been directed to deploy iris devices at “appropriate number of service points” so subscribers have access to iris authentication “within a reasonable geographical distance,” Sundararajan said.

She added,”There may be exceptions like foreign tourists etc who are visiting or NRI who are not at all entitled to Aadhaar. For such people, the UIDAI and DoT are examining what alternative mechanism, we can allow.” The Telecom Secretary went on to say,”One such way for NRIs and foreign tourists could be authentication through passport, but no decision has been taken yet on the matter.”

Sundararajan said that Aadhaar-based process for SIM verification was devised in the wake of complaints about mobile connections being issued without proper due diligence by telecom operators (and later such SIMs being used by terrorists and fraudsters) and the Supreme Court’s observations in February this year in a PIL by Lokniti Foundation.

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    chaitanya
    Dec 5, 2017 at 5:13 pm
    How do I link my Indian Sim to Aadhaar card from outside India. I have a valid indian sim which is in use and also have aadhaar card but I am in UK from past 2 years. Is there a way to link this online ? Please advice.
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      Reader
      Oct 26, 2017 at 10:50 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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        Reader
        Oct 26, 2017 at 10:50 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 10:49 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 10:49 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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              Ajay
              Oct 30, 2017 at 9:18 pm
              Just because one Nation did not upgrade does not mean rest of the world should not adopt an approach. Similar to arguing No Bullet trains in India because US does not have them. US has failed miserably in Train transportation or adopting latest technology for social welfares, and its well documented in US. In US, you need to have SSN for everything, including leasing/renting. When SSN is leaked, it impacted an individual severely. He cant even get a home. SSN as a paper is not secure too. It has heavy flaws. Don't take SSN has a bible.
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              1. Sri Ram
                Mar 3, 2018 at 5:49 pm
                Good points. Just because things do not work or work in advanced nations does not mean that they would necessarily follow the same trends in India. It takes will and verance to get things to work, and India has shown that in many areas in spite of its 1.3 billion population and related complexities. eg. Our democratic elections do not get stopped by hanging chads like what happened in USA 2000, we have got EVMs working pretty reliably for us, with enough checks, human and digital. When it comes to Biometrics, Indians are not as paranoid of privacy as of security and terrorism. There will always be holes in each technology that miscreants would break in future, does not mean that we should not have the will to address them and progress, in spite of failures now and then.
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