UIDAI in talks with mobile handset makers for e-KYC

UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey, however, said the agency was not looking to mandate incorporation of such a facility on phones and handsets.


New Delhi: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has initiated talks with mobile handset manufacturers to explore the possibility of incorporating a facility on tablets and phones that would allow people to do an electronic ‘know your customer’ (KYC) process using fingerprints or iris image.

UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey, however, said the agency was not looking to mandate incorporation of such a facility on phones and handsets. “We have discussed the issue with some leading companies to see if there is a business case. We are not looking to mandate it. It should make business sense for the firms,” Pandey told TOI.

During discussions with companies such as Apple, Google and Samsung, the agency responsible for Aadhaar suggested that the facility could be like location-based facilities on phones.

Several handsets use fingerprints to allow access to phone. The UIDAI is looking to build more features that will allow transfer of biometric data in encrypted form so that e-KYC can be done through Aadhaar authentication.