Aadhaar-based authentication of customers is set to resume — albeit in offline mode — after the attorney general opined that this will stand legal scrutiny, according to a top government official.
This will come as an immediate relief for the telecom and banking sectors even as government moves legal changes for voluntary use of Aadhaar by these sectors. “Offline authentication will stand scrutiny,” said Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey .
Authentication by Aadhaar through QR codes and other means will likely be available in a few weeks, allowing banks and telecom companies to resume customer acquisition that had stalled following the Supreme Court ruling in the Aadhaar case in September. The court had disallowed online customer authentication by private entities using the biometric database.