As the debate in the Supreme Court on whether the ‘right to privacy’ is a fundamental right intensifies, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) in an innovative move announced the launch of its mAadhaar app for Android users on Wednesday.
What does the app do?
The mAadhaar app will provide an interface to Aadhaar card holders to carry their demographic information, i.e. their name, date of birth, gender and address along with photograph as linked with their Aadhaar number on their smartphones.
What about security?
The mAadhaar app allows biometric locking or unlocking to secure biometric authentication by locking biometrics data. Once the user enables the Biometric Locking system, their biometrics will remain locked, till the Aadhaar holder chooses to either unlock it (which is temporary) or disable the locking system.
Other important features:
- mAadhaar has a ‘Time-based One-Time Password (TOTP)’ feature that can be used instead of the SMS (short messaging service)-based OTP (one-time password).
- The user can update his/her profile and view and share the updated Aadhaar profile via QR (Quick Response) code – the two-dimensional barcode.
- The app enables sharing of QR code and eKYC (electronic Know Your Customer) data by the Aadhaar number holder with service providers such as telecommunications companies.
- This will save the effort of manually entering details to retrieve accurate demographic information.
- Also, the app doesn’t allow users to enter the OTP manually. So, the app will function when they use the same sim card, registered with UIDAI.
The app is expected to make the process of verification of identity proof quick and easy for Aadhaar card holders.