The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has introduced a new and updated 'QR code' that will have non-sensitive details such as the name, address, photo and date of birth.
The code can be used for offline user verification without the 12-digit Aadhaar ID number. The main aim behind the development is to provide an extra layer of privacy to Aadhaar.
About the QR code
The code would be in the form of a barcode label.
It would contain machine-readable information.
How can it be accessed?
The Aadhaar holders would be able to access the QR code by downloading and printing their biometric Aadhaar ID with the code from the website of Unique Identification Authority of India or its mobile app.
The offline QR code will allow everyone to establish their identity through offline verification without revealing their 12-digit Aadhaar number.
Aadhaar different from Google!
• Addressing the concern of any sort of data breach through Aadhaar, the UIDAI clarified that it will not use Aadhaar information for any kind of data analysis in the future.
• Drawing a distinction between itself and companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter, UIDAI said that Aadhaar is only matching biometrics, while the other global companies are using learning tools for analysis of data which creates knowledge.
• The UIDAI also stated that the law prohibits it from doing any such analysis and therefore there is no scope of surveillance of any kind.
• It further said that it does not permit any Requesting Entity (RE) to collect and analyse Aadhaar data and use the same for any commercial uses.