In a massive development, the Unique Identification Authority Of India (UIDAI) has brought in a secured digitally-signed QR Code on the e-Aadhaar which will now contain a photograph of the holder too. In addition to the photograph, there will be demographic details which will facilitate better offline verification o an individual.
“The UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) has recently replaced existing QR code on the e-Aadhaar having resident’s demographic details now with a secured digitally-signed QR Code which contains demographics along with a photograph of the Aadhaar holder,” a UIDAI source said.
In a statement, UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan said: “This is a simple offline mechanism to quickly verify the genuineness of the Aadhaar card.”
To check the authenticity of an Aadhaar user there will be a manual check with the photo of the individual on the card.
The e-Aadhaar QR code software was made available on the official UIDAI website from 27 March 2018.
The offline verification facility will ensure that the data is not misused and a proper verification can be done by banks and other institutions.
“Now, in an eAadhaar, there will a small QR code on the front side of the cutaway portion, with demographic data only, and large ones on the top portion of the front side and the back (containing demographic data and the photo). Further, to make this information more secure and tamper-proof, it will be signed with UIDAI digital signature”, sources told PTI.
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