India using biometrics for instant SIM card approval
19 August 2016 16:16 GMT

A new ‘electronic Know-Your-Customer’ (eKYC) system in India that links to the country’s biometrics-backed unique ID system is being launched for fast SIM card issuance.

In the new system, customers will take their Aadhaar Card to a phone store, which will them link to the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).

UIDAI will provide demographic details such as name, date of birth, address and gender along photograph with a digit signature to the mobile operator.

The e-KYC initiative is being launched by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT).

The new government system is applicable to both pre-paid as well as post-paid mobile connections, and should negate the need to produce multiple identification documents.

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