The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has added another layer of security to the user data as it has introduced a QR Code, which will contain sensitive details like name, address, photos and the date of birth. The code could be used for offline user verification without revealing the 12-digit Aadhaar number.
The updated version of the QR code comes with a photo. It can be used in offline mode, preventing any tampering of documents. It could be used for establishing identify at non-statutory entities. Any Aadhaar holder can download the print of the QR code from UIDAI website.
The printout will have the Aadhaar number, which could be hidden manually and the rest of the QR code can be used. For instance, during a home delivery, QR code could be shown to the executive, who can scan the code and establish the identity without revealing sensitive information. The sensitive information includes name, address, date of birth and photo. Aadhaar number and biometrics are not revealed in the process, which means that privacy is maintained during the verification process.
“The offline QR code is a landmark development which will allow everyone to establish their identity through offline verification without giving out Aadhaar number,” Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO of Aadhaar-issuing body UIDAI, said.
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.”