UIDAI asks several payments companies to stop offering Aadhaar-based services

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 18, 2018

On Wednesday, telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan discussed the issue with telcos at a meeting to find a way out and is also in talks with Aadhaar body - Unique Identification Authority of India, the publication said. The statement assured that re-verification of mobile subscribers is voluntary and biometrics obtained via Aadhaar eKYC prior to the judgment will not be deleted. ET has reported earlier that Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea have also submitted their exit plans on Aadhaar based verification to UIDAI. You will not face any disruption in services due to change in know-your customer regime following the Supreme Court's Aadhaar verdict. Sources say the government considering the issue and will give adequate time to complete fresh KYC.

The Unique Identification Authority of India or UIDAI had given time till October 15, to telecom operators for complying with the top court order and asked them to close Aadhaar-based verification for their services. Reliance Jio has nearly its entire subscriber base enrolled through Aadhaar-based authentication and other telecom operators too started following the process in 2017.

Apart from these, millions of older customers are also left with only the digital Aadhaar identification since their previous pre-Aadhaar KYC paper documents may have been destroyed by telecom companies once their numbers were linked with Aadhaar.

The statement clarified that the top court has said UIDAI should not keep authentication log for more than six months but the telecom companies have to keep the data as per Aadhaar regulations to resolve grievances of consumers. "But in any case his mobile number will not be disconnected", the statement said. Instead, all it said was that UIDAI should not keep authentication log for more than six months. "The restriction is on UIDAI and not on telecom companies". The photo of her ID such as Aadhaar card, voter ID, etc., will be captured.

Calling such news as "completely untrue and imaginary" the statement said that the Supreme Court in its judgement on the Aadhaar case did not direct anywhere that the mobile number issued through Aadhaar eKYC would be disconnected.

The judgement has impacted digital payment companies as the eKYC process has been done away with.

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