With the mandatory requirement of Aadhaar cards for a slew of purposes, from financial services, bank accounts, government certificates to welfare schemes, many people are quite worried about data security and what would happen if their details get leaked and misused. The government has assured that biometric data is safe but there have been incidents of data leakage in the past which is a cause of worry for many citizens.
The data for Aadhar is collected by third party agencies. Although the UIDAI says that data is highly safe and can not be hacked or leaked, but still there are people who are extra cautious and apprehensive. There is a good news for them! In order to allay the fear of people, UIDAI has introduced a new method of locking biometric data.
The process of locking one’s biometric data that would ensure complete security and confidentiality.
To lock the data, one has to visit UIDAI official website and click on Lock/Unlock biometrics under the option Aadhar services. This will take the user to a new web page and on that page one is supposed to key in Aadhaar number and security code. An OTP will be sent to registered cell phone number and that will be used to access, enter another security code and lock the biometric.
The Financial Express quotes Adil Shetty, CEO of Bankbazzar. com as saying “After locking the biometrics, if a UID is used for invoking any of the authentication services using a biometric modality (Fingerprint/Iris), a specific error code ‘330’ indicating ‘biometrics are locked’ will be generated. This ensures that the biometrics cannot be used for authentications, thus preventing potential misuse. If you wish to authenticate yourself using biometrics after you enable Biometric Locking, you will have to either temporarily unlock it or disable it. The procedure to unlock or disable locking is similar to locking your biometrics. The fact that your biometrics are safe and cannot be used by anyone for any purposes without your explicit permission will further boost people’s confidence in Aadhaar”.