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  1. EPF, Aadhaar card linking: Free e-sign facility for PF portal introduced; see how it helps with KYC, PMRPY registration

EPF, Aadhaar card linking: Free e-sign facility for PF portal introduced; see how it helps with KYC, PMRPY registration

Employees' Provident Fund Organisation has introduced Aadhaar-based e-sign facility for employers to authenticate various documents on the PF portal.

By: | Published: October 10, 2017 5:32 PM
EPFO, Aadhaar-based e-sign facility, PF portal, KYC, PMRPY registration,   digital signatures, Unified Portal Authorised signatory of establishments whose DSC is already registered can directly activate their e-sign by providing Aadhaar at the Unified Portal.

Retirement fund body Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has introduced Aadhaar-based e-sign facility for employers to authenticate various documents on the PF portal. In a recent circular to PF Commissioners, FPFO said that “as you are aware that EPFO has provided a facility to employers for approval of KYC, PMRPY registration and establishment registration through digital signatures at Unified Portal. Use of DSC (Digital Signature Certificate) requires many client side settings such as Java installation and version control, browser setting, etc. and also some technical skills.”

“It has been continuously reported by employers that they are facing difficulties in signing the documents using DSC. These client side settings are out of control of EPFO and because of that many employers are unable to approve KYC and register under PMRPY,” it said.

Keeping in view the above problems, the EPFO has now introduced the free Aadhaar-based e-sign facility in addition to DSC to be used by employers. According to it, this facility is very easy to use in comparison to DSC. Authorised signatory of establishments whose DSC is already registered can directly activate their e-sign by providing Aadhaar at the Unified Portal.

However, authorised signatory whose DSC is not available at the Unified Portal can register their e-sign at the Unified Portal and get it approved from the concerned EPFO field office. Once authorized signatory is registered for e-sign, he/she can sign documents by getting OTP on the mobile registered with Aadhaar.

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  1. R
    Reader
    Oct 10, 2017 at 6:34 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
      Oct 10, 2017 at 6:33 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.
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      1. R
        Reader
        Oct 10, 2017 at 6:33 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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