Know The Most Important Feature In Your Adhar
The Aadhar issuing authority UIDAI had set a ‘biometric lock’ which will be as an additional layer of protection for the outside interruption or breach. It has proposed virtual IDs to protect the privacy of the Aadhaar holder.
The biometric lock, an additional privacy firewall is lesser-known feature which allows users to protect, safeguard or lock down their biometrics as and when ever they want. The unique identification card-Aadhaar, has personal details along with their biometrics like fingerprint and iris of an individual. Aadhaar card is the universal identity for a person which has been made mandatory for individuals for their authentication of identity with banks and telecom companies, among others.
The authentication using Aadhaar for mobile SIM (subscriber identity module) verification, is done by noting down the 12-digit identifier together with biometrics. A recent study stated, “the Aadhaar usage can well be guaged from the fact that an average of 4 crore authentications are being done everyday, while over 1,500 authentication have taken place so far.”
But, the fact is that, the biometric lock system in Aadhaar is lesser known to people. This feature allows a user to lock and protect their biometric information. This can be done by a user going to the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) website or its app, and select the option and then entering their Aadhaar number.
However, a registered mobile number is needed to use the biometric lock service. If the biometric system gets active, it will not allow any other biometric requests, generally like a physical lock blocking an unauthorised access.
A user can also unlock the system, if needed to do any transactions and immediately lock the biometrics back again. When the feature is enabled, their biometrics will automatically get locked till they choose to either unlock it or disable it. Officially, the authority of UIDAI confirmed this in a statement.
UIDAI CEO, Ajay Bhushan Pandey said, “the idea behind the facility was to “rule out” possibility of anyone even attempting to misuse biometric information. The Aadhaar-issuing authority expects the existing biometric lock feature along with new virtual ID facility being rolled out in coming months to address various security and privacy concerns.”
The UIDAI confirmed that the biggest overhaul of the system by allowing Aadhaar holders to create and use a virtual ID. This will avoid any illeagal or unauthorised transactions. The biometric system will be benefial for both government as well, other services.
From this March 1, Aadhaar holders can generate a 16-digit virtual identity linking to their Aadhaar number which can be easily shared with the telecom and other companies while using the Aadhaar as their identity. “Well, from June 1, 2018, it will be mandatory for all the agencies to undertake authentication to accept the virtual IDs from their users. The companies or agencies which do not follow the new biometric lock system would face financial disincentives,” an official said.
The UIDAI aims to promote and strengthen the usage of Aadhaar with safe and secured measures. This biometric system is a promising one to protect and store any personal and demographic data of individuals.
Currently, 119 crore biometric identifiers have been set. However, this becomes mandatory for all the users as an identity proof of residents by various government and non-government services.
As the government has made Aadhaar card mandatory for verifying bank accounts and PAN to abolish corruption and save the nation from the black money, the same will be mandated for SIM to establish the mobile users identity. This will also bring a wealthy nation!