Syntizen in talks with Indian state governments to boost data privacy with Aadhaar number redaction

Hyderabad-based Syntizen is currently in talks with multiple Indian State Governments to provide its subsidy management and Aadhaar-masking technologies, The Hindu Business Online reports.

The 2018 Supreme Court ruling on Aadhaar’s legality imposed requirements for Aadhaar numbers to be redacted or have their first eight digits blacked out in any stored information, the report notes. The governments of Telangana and Uttar Pradesh already use Syntizen’s subsidy management system (SMS).

Syntizen received funding from Mastercard and biometric device provider ACPL earlier this year to develop its portfolio of Aadhaar-based products.

“We work primarily with both governments and private sector companies offering a range of customised Aadhaar services such as eKYC, authentication, e-sign, Aadhaar-based attendance system,” Syntizen Founder Siddharn Kukatlapalli told the HBO.

He also says the company works with housing finance companies, insurance providers, and stock brokers, and has performed more than 29 million authentication transactions, and nearly 4 million eKYC transactions.

Million of Aadhaar numbers have been breached in previous incidents, though seemingly no biometric data, and the UIDAI has cautioned people to treat their Aadhaar numbers as sensitive information when not using them for verification purposes.

“We have developed a machine learning power Aadhaar masking tool which helps organisations to mask Aadhaar number. This solution has been offered to stockbrokers, insurance services providers, housing finance corporations and other fintech companies. We see this offering has immense potential,” Kukatlapalli explains.

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