The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has issued a joint statement clarifying that there is no risk of mobile SIM card disconnection for users who get their eKYC done using their Aadhaar. Both DoT and UIDAI are also looking at launching a new process of eKYC for mobile subscribers.
Here are 7 things you must know about the eKYC process
Old mobile numbers issued through Aadhaar eKYC will not be disconnected
The Supreme Court in its judgment in Aadhaar case has nowhere directed that the mobile number which has been issued through Aadhaar eKYC has to be disconnected. Therefore, all mobile numbers issued with Aadhaar verification will continue to work as usual.
Telecom companies are not required to delete eKYC data after six months
The Supreme Court has not asked telecom companies to delete all eKYC data of their customers after 6 months. What the apex Court has asked is that UIDAI should not keep authentication log for more than 6 months. The restriction of not keeping authentication log beyond six months is on the UIDAI and not on the telecom companies. They are in fact required to keep Authentication logs at their end as per Aadhaar regulations to resolves any consumer grievances.
Customers, however, can delink their Aadhaar if they wish by providing other identification documents
If anybody wishes to get her/his Aadhaar eKYC replaced by the fresh KYC, she or he may request the telecom service provider for delinking of Aadhaar by submitting fresh OVDs as per earlier DoT Circulars on mobile KYC.
Delinking Aadhaar card will not disconnect mobile number
If delink Aadhaar card and provide a fresh KYC then your mobile number will not be disconnected at all.
SC has barred Aadhaar eKYC for purchase of new SIM cards due to lack of a law
The Supreme Court has prohibited issue of new SIM cards through Aadhaar eKYC authentication process due to lack of a law. There is no direction to deactivate the old mobile phones.
DoT and UIDAI working on process to issue new SIM cards through mobile app as per SC’s Aadhaar judgment
Department of Telecom (DoT) and UIDAI are in a process to bring out a completely hassle-free and digital process for issuing new SIM cards through a mobile App which will be fully compliant of the Supreme Court judgment in Aadhaar Case.
The new mobile app for issuing SIM cards will click live photos of the subscriber
In the proposed digital process, live photograph of the person with latitude, longitude, and time stamp will be captured. The photo of his/her ID such as Aadhaar card, voter ID, etc., will be captured. The SIM card agent will be authenticated through OTP and SIM card issued.