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Following TRAI Chief’s Challenge, UIDAI Alerts People to Not Share their Aadhaar Card Number Online

Nearly two days back, the Chairman of TRAI, Ram Sewak Sharma took to Twitter to throw a challenge where he revealed his Aadhaar card number and asked if anybody has the courage to take out his personal details. Soon after the incident, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) responded to Ram Sewak’s action with a warning. The UIDAI warned people to not share their Aadhaar card details on any social media platforms and also not to challenge others to do so. UIDAI told people to refrain from doing activities that are not viable according to the law.

Ram Sewak Sharma revealed his Aadhaar card number on Twitter as a return challenge for people to prove him that they can cause harm to him after a Twitter user asked him to share his Aadhaar details to prove the efficiency of the 13ft wall secured system. As soon as Ram Sewak Sharma revealed his Aadhaar card number, people went crazy on twitter to prove him wrong.

In response to Ram Sewak Sharma’s Challenge, a Twitter user used the Aadhaar number shared by the TRAI chairman to find out his bank account details. The Twitter user not only shared Ram Sewak Sharma’s bank account details, he also deposited INR 1 in the bank account of TRAI Chairman and shared the screenshots. The user could get access to the bank account details through Aadhaar-Enabled payment services provided by UIDAI. However TRAI Chief refuted all the claims of the Twitter user.

After this incident, UIDAI took Twitter to issue a series of warnings regarding sharing of Aadhaar card details which is not recommended. UIDAI said in the tweet that Aadhaar card is a sensitive information like any other important personal detail like passport number, PAN number, and bank account numbers which should not be shared anywhere unless it is legitimate and needed to establish one’s identity.

UIDAI also warned people to not use others Aadhaar card number to perform any authentication processes. It also warned that people who are found practicing such actions will be considered as impersonators and it is a criminal offense according to the Aadhaar Act and Indian Penal court. After the incident, people are expressing their anger towards UIDAI’s tweets for introducing a card that is not safeguarding their details.

UIDAI Shut Down 50 Illegal Websites and Mobile Apps

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UIDAI shut down unauthorised websites and mobile apps which are providing Aadhaar related services for excess money from the public. Unique Identification Authority of India enforced 12 websites and 12 mobile apps on Google Playstore to stop. UIDAI has directed authorities to close another 26 Aadhaar websites and mobile apps

These sites are charging the excess money for the services like, downloading online Aadhaar card, providing status of Aadhaar generation, PVC Aadhaar Card, etc., in that process they illegally obtaining the Aadhaar enrolment details from the resident, said UIDAI.

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Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO, UIDAI said, “UIDAI has not authorised the owners of these mobile applications or websites to extend any Aadhaar related services on its behalf.”

Any Aadhaar related demographic information can only be shared according to the procedures laid down in the Aadhaar Act, 2016, said by UIDAI. Anyone who violates this provision is punishable under Section 38 and Chapter VII of the Aadhaar Act.

The punishment according to the provision is for “Whoever, not being authorised by the authority, intentionally accesses or secures, downloads, copies or extracts any data from the Central Identities Data Repository or stored in any removable storage medium”

Now Aadhaar is Compulsory for EPFO Members and Senior citizens

Pandey added, “As per Section 70 of the IT Act, the government of India has declared the UIDAI’s Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR) facilities, information assets, logistics infrastructure and dependencies installed at UIDAI locations to be critically Protected System.”

UIDAI has only one authorised site, it is www.uidai.gov.in and the other websites and mobile apps with the name of Aadhaar are not authorised by UIDAI and hence illegal.

Aadhaar Payment app launched: Process of using the App to make digital transactions

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Now there is no need to download and make payments through various digital apps. The Aadhaar Payment app is the initiative by the government for making cashless transactions. The universal app offers you ease out the payments through any bank without using the internet.

This new Aadhaar Payment merchant app would take away the plastic cards and the Point of Sale (PoS) machines. The app launched on 25th December 2016 would also eliminate the fee payments for service providers like MasterCard and Visa.

Now Aadhar Card is Not Mandatory for Using Government Services, Says Government

The government recently launched the Unified Payments Interface (UPI), which allows the user to send and receive money by using Virtual Payment Address (VPA). Now the Government of India launched the Aadhaar Payment app to ease the payment process further.

As per the reports released by the government, nearly 40 crore Aadhaar card numbers already linked to the bank accounts. By the end of the March 2017, the government aimed to link all the Aadhar numbers with bank accounts.

It has been over a decade since card payment system introduced in the country. Connectivity is another problem that has kept merchants away from installing the machines. Through this Aadhaar Payment app, merchants can feel ease to make transactions.

What is Aadhaar Payment app?

This app uses Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (APES) to make payments. This system helps to do away with the Point of Sales (PoS) machines and plastic money, i.e., credit or debit cards. The Aadhaar Payment app developed by the IDFC bank along with UIDAI and National Payments Corporation of India (NCPI).

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How to use Aadhar Payment App :

  • To make payments via APES, customers and merchants need to link their Aadhaar card with their respective bank accounts.
  • For private banks like HDFC and ICICI among others, you can call up for the customer care number and enroll your Aadhaar number.
  • For this merchants need Android smartphone, download Aadhaar Policy app and a biometric reader.
  • After downloading the Aadhaar Payment app, merchants need to enter their Aadhaar card number.
  • select the bank and validate their fingerprint.
  • When accepting the payment from consumers, merchants need to enter customer card number, bank name followed by amount.
  • The payment made after taking bio-metric scan which works as a password.
  • Once the process is completed, payment will transfer from consumer’s bank account to merchant’s bank account.

“It will enable citizens in the deepest corners of the country to participate in the digital movement, even those who do not own a phone but want to pay digitally,” said Rajiv Call, founder, MD, and CEO of IDFC Bank. “People only need to have a bank account and their Aadhaar linked to it.

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Posted by Digital India on Saturday, December 24, 2016

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InFocus to Launch Smartphones with Iris Scanning Technology

InFocus Bingo 20

US-based mobile handset maker InFocus to launch a new smartphone soon in India. The device will support Aadhaar authentication by making use of iris scanner. The smartphone will be made available from early next year and priced at Rs. 12,000. The company also says it has been awarded STQC from Indian government and is planning to launch Aadhaar-based biometric authentication in future.

“InFocus smartphone features IriTech’s superior iris image quality assessment and onboard K7 generation algorithm to provide good quality images and avoid false positives while maximizing true positive identification rates,” says, Sachin Thapar, InFocus India Country Head.

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Besides UIDAI, IriTech also works with government agencies in the Kenya, Columbia, and the US. Infocus claims the device with embedded algorithm can complete an image capture and generates a K7 image in less than 2 seconds. It can also capture iris image under different environments which also includes direct sunlight.

Referring to other scanning variants from the iris, InFocus Bingo 20 (M425) was launched back in March this year with price tag of Rs.5,749. Samsung Galaxy Tab Iris is the only phone in the present market to have an embedded Delta ID’s Active IRIS technology.

UIDAI has held discussions with smartphone makers and operating system providers to implant the identification technology in smartphones.

Government Starts to Aid Aadhaar Based Transactions through Mobile Phones

Discussing the specs, InFocus Bingo 20 (M425) smartphone features a very basic 4.5-inch display.  The phone is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1 GB RAM. The device provides an internal memory of 8GB which is expandable up to 64GB maximum. A 2300 mAh battery backs the device which would be a satisfactory power solution for the specs.

The device can be employed as a secure and reliable biometric solution in Banking areas, E-PDS and such biometric identification based government services. It may also reduce making use of separate biometric identification machines.

Misuse of Aadhaar Card is now a Punishable Offence

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The Government of India is taking a precautionary step to reduce the misuse of Aadhaar cards. Under the Aadhaar Act, the Aadhaar card number of an individual will not be allowed to publish or post the information publicly. They will have to secure the 12-digit identification number confidentially.

This new move is taken to restrict sharing and circulation of Aadhaar numbers as an effort of UIDAI’s to ensure the information is not misused. As per the rules, the core bio-metric information collected by the authorities should not be shared with anyone for whatever the reason may be.

Aadhaar app Ready to be Launched over the next Three to Six months first in Android and Apple phones

The CEO od Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI),Mr Ajay Bhushan Pandey said that “the data he (resident) has given, that data is now also secure and protected… it casts responsibility on UIDAI and other agencies that use his Aadhaar number for various purposes to protect his identity and data and maintain confidentiality.”

As per the rules, any violation of the Aadhaar card will constitute the penalty and are punishable under the act. The Government has imposed a penalty of 1 lakh and could go up to three years in prison. In the case of violating database of Aadhaar card with Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR) then the penalty will be up to ten years.

IRCTC Makes Aadhaar Card Compulsory to Travel In Indian Trains

“Those who do not have Aadhaar will be directed for enrollment at a nearby center… In case after enrollment it is taking time and Aadhaar is not assigned, then there has to be a mechanism for alternative means of identification,” the official said.

Now the Indian Railways has also made the Aadhaar card authentication compulsory for railway tickets.