June 11, 2018

UIDAI changes authentication norms for buying SIM card

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has brought in changes in Aadhaar authentication rules for security reasons. Below I have listed 5 things that are to be kept in mind while purchasing a new SIM card.

Face ID must for New SIM connection

UIDAI has instructed all telecom operators to ensure that they should start implementing a two-factor verification, which includes facial recognition, to enhance security against misuse of Aadhaar authentication. The UIDAI has directed all telecom operators that before activating a SIM card they should ensure facial recognition of the applicant as well click a live photo of the consumer.

WEF September 15, all telecom operators will have to perform at least 10% of total monthly authentication using face authentication, failing which they will be penalized.

What should we do in accordance to this norm?

Here are 5 things you must know about the facial recognition rule for Aadhaar authentication:
  • For those who provide their Aadhaar number to mobile phone companies for Aadhaar authentication, both face recognition and fingerprint/iris will be used by telecom companies. Wear as much less make-up as possible.
  • If you provide the virtual aadhaar card (VID) then the authentication may be performed using only a single factor—fingerprint or iris. However for those whose fingerprint/iris scans are not working due to various reasons, telecom companies have been instructed to also use face authentication.
  • After successful e-KYC authentication, the telecom operator also has to capture live face photo in addition to the photo captured for face authentication. Before your SIM card is activated, the operator is supposed to verify the live photo with the photo received in e-KYC. UIDAI says this process has to be followed for all customers for issuance of SIM cards.
  • The telecom company is supposed to send the face photo captured for authentication to the UIDAI.
  • Telecom service providers have been directed to implement two-factor authentication in their systems using face authentication in at least 10 % of total monthly authentications done by the operator.


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