The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has taken strict steps to prevent misuse of users’ data and Aadhaar.
UIDAI has issued guidelines for offline verification entities, asking clean entities to address clean usage issues, better security mechanisms and voluntarily increase the trust of citizens while using Aadhaar for legal purposes.
Along with this, instructions have been given not to collect, use or store the Aadhaar number of the citizen. Whereas, information about misuse of Aadhaar will have to be given to the authority and the concerned Aadhaar holder within 72 hours.
Instructions not to verify without the consent of the
Aadhaar holder UIDAI has informed in the guideline to verify the Aadhaar after the explicit consent of the Aadhaar number holder.
These entities should be polite to the citizens and assure them about the security and confidentiality of their Aadhaar while performing offline verification. Entities are required to maintain a log/record of explicit consent obtained from citizens for any future audit by the Unique Identification Authority of India or any other statutory agency.
UIDAI said – Aadhaar verification should be done with QR code
UIDAI has allowed offline verification entities to accept all four formats of Aadhaar (Aadhaar letter, e-Aadhaar, m) instead of accepting Aadhaar in physical or electronic form as proof of identity. Asked to verify Aadhaar through QR code present on Aadhaar and Aadhaar PVC card).
Instructions to inform about misuse of Aadhaar within 72 hours
No citizen is denied any service for refusing offline verification of Aadhaar or being unable to do so. If the entities get information about any misuse, they have to inform UIDAI and the concerned citizen about the same within 72 hours.
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