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UIDAI introduces new QR code for offline Aadhaar verification

The QR Code Will Come With A Photo And Can Be Used In Offline Mode In A Way That Will Safeguard Any Tempering Of Documents.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Deepak Mahato | Updated on: 18 Apr 2018, 06:37:59 PM
UIDAI introduces new QR code for offline Aadhaar verification (File Photo)

New Delhi:

Unique Identification Authority Of India (UIDAI) has introduced an updated ‘QR code’ to provide an extra layer of privacy to Aadhaar for offline verifications.

According to reports, the QR code will come with a photo and can be used in offline mode in a way that will safeguard any tempering of documents.

The Aadhaar holders can download the QR code from UIDAI website or mobile app.

A QR code is a form of barcode label which contains machine-readable information.

Users can manually blacken the Aadhaar number and use the printout with the new QR code for establishing their identity, offline too.

For example, when an online shopping delivery is made and the delivery man asks for ID, Aadhaar holder can show him the printed QR code which when scanned (through an updated QR code reader on Aadhaar site) would read non-sensitive information.

This includes name, address, date of birth and photo, thus establishing the bonafide identity, sources said. It will also ensure that Aadhaar holder is genuine and not using any tampered ID documents.

Aadhaar number is not given out in the entire process, nor are biometrics, thus ensuring that privacy is maintained throughout the verification process. This new feature is available through Aadhaar downloads. Sensitive information would include details like bank accounts or biometrics, among others.

Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO of Aadhaar-issuing body UIDAI, said: "The offline QR code is a landmark development which will allow everyone to establish their identity through offline verification without giving out Aadhaar number."

He added: "Only in those places where Aadhaar number is required under the law including banks, telecom companies, or for availing subsidies, one will have to go through the authentication process."

(With PTI inputs)

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First Published : 18 Apr 2018, 06:20:37 PM

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