On Wednesday, media reports pointed out that over 50 million mobile numbers activated via eKYC will be deactivated in the coming months. This caused panic among users, who were looking to get some concrete answers whether they’ll have their numbers shut down or not.
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has issued a clarification. To answer these questions UIDAI has issued a notification that quashes all the rumours of numbers getting deactivated. It says people have nothing to worry about. This press statement was jointly put out by the entity governing Aadhaar and the Department of Telecom (DoT) on Thursday.
The news report tries to create unnecessary panic among mobile users by claiming that “they stare a prospect of disconnection if SIM cards procured on the basis of Aadhaar verification are not backed up by a fresh identification”. 2/n— Aadhaar (@UIDAI) October 18, 2018
The statement also goes on to mention that going forward, a new method to issue SIM cards will be set up via a mobile app, that’ll ensure a digital and hassle-free process.
In addition to this, the statement quotes the Supreme Court judgement on Aadhaar and clarifies that telecom operators need not delete eKYC data of its users. Instead, the are required to keep it intact to address any customer grievances.
Therefore, there is no need for telecom companies or AUAs/KUAs to delete authentication logs at their end. They are in fact required to keep Authentication logs at their end as per Aadhaar regulations to resolves any consumer grievances. 6/n— Aadhaar (@UIDAI) October 18, 2018
The UIDAI-DoT issued statement also highlighted that, post the SC judgement on use of Aadhaar by private entities getting scrapped via Section 57, a user can delink Aadhaar ID from account by submitting an Officially Valid Document (OVD) to the telco asking for its removal.
News reports that mobile customers who got their SIM cards issued using Aadhaar eKYC face prospects of disconnection after Supreme Court orders on #Aadhaar are totally baseless and incorrect. @DoT_India and @UIDAI has issued a joint press statement clearing all doubts about this. pic.twitter.com/wvhTsjpMfD— RSPrasad Office (@OfficeOfRSP) October 18, 2018
Further, in the light of the SC verdict if anybody wishes to get her/his Aadhaar eKYC replaced by the fresh KYC, s/he may request the service provider for delinking of her/his Aadhaar by submitting fresh OVDs as per earlier DOT Circulars on mobile KYC. 7/n— Aadhaar (@UIDAI) October 18, 2018
No Aadhaar But eKYC via Mobile App for Issuing SIM
The other important news shared by UIDAI via the detailed statement was to emphasise on the need to continue using eKYC formats for issuing SIM cards. And with Aadhaar no longer in contention, DoT proposes to offer a mobile app that it claims will be fully compliant with the SC judgement.
In the proposed process, live photograph of the person with latitude, longitude, and time stamp will be captured. The photo of her ID such as Aadhaar card, voter ID, etc., will be captured. 10/n— Aadhaar (@UIDAI) October 18, 2018
If it comes through, then a person will be required to submit his/her photograph, along with latitude and longitude and time stamp of when the photo is captured. This will be further facilitated with a photo ID from Aadhaar, voter ID or possibly passport, which will also be captured.
This process will be initiated by a SIM agent, who will be authenticated via OTP on your registered mobile number and only then will a new SIM be issued.
The steps mentioned by UIDAI, capturing location details (via GPS) are unlikely to go down well with the consumers, who’re already concerned about data privacy. Will people be willing to share all this information, just to get a SIM card? Unless it is made mandatory, there is likely to be more dissent about the process from the people.
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