CEO Saurabh Garg said UIDAI is open to considering a “partial verification” solution

CEO Saurabh Garg said UIDAI is open to considering a "partial verification" solution

As it moves closer to the ‘Aadhaar 2.0’ vision, the Aadhaar-issuing agency is also looking at the use of blockchain and quantum computing. According to its CEO Saurabh Garg, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is open to looking at solutions that would permit ‘partial authentication’ where needed and are eager to gather feedback from the sector about the demand for such solutions. As it moves closer to the ‘Aadhaar 2.0’ vision, the Aadhaar-issuing agency is also looking at the use of blockchain and quantum computing. “We’re also interested in looking towards partial authentication.” Some folks are solely interested in confirming their age and aren’t interested in anything else.

Garg further said that over five crore Aadhaar authentications are taking place per day and over 40 crore last-mile banking transactions are being done every month through the Aadhaar-enabled payment system (AePS). Talking about Aadhaar 2.0, he said it will ensure faster automated biometric matching solutions, with a primary focus on the security of the ecosystem. He said the authority is exploring possibilities for leveraging blockchain and quantum computing. “We are looking at what blockchain has to offer, and whether blockchain can be utilized in any manner for making decentralized-level solutions…it is for something in future but it is on our horizon. “In quantum computing, we need to look at whether there are quantum resilient security solutions,” he said. Security-related aspects are “paramount”, he said adding that UIDAI is working constantly on improving information security and cyber security. Services such as ‘eSign’ and ‘Digilocker’ offer tremendous opportunities for start-ups, he added.

“These are things that we also want to get feedback from the industry…what is the kind of demand there is, and we can accordingly create…might be just the age you want to verify,” Garg said. He was speaking at the India Digital Summit 2022, organized by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). Citing another example of ‘partial authentication’ requirement, Garg said verification may only be needed for confirming whether a person is a resident of a particular area and not the full address per se. “Someone just wants to verify whether that the person is living in that area and they don’t want address but they just want a confirmation whether that person is a resident of that area…these are kinds of services, where we have not yet developed the solutions but would be open to looking at,” Garg said.

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