FB pixel

India plans to enable deactivation of dead persons’ Aadhaar numbers

India plans to enable deactivation of dead persons’ Aadhaar numbers

It will soon be possible to deactivate the Aadhaar biometrics-based digital ID numbers of the deceased in India once a legal framework being worked upon is concluded, Mint reports.

The goal of the legislative framework is to enable registrars of births and deaths in the country to share data on deaths with officials of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) which is in charge of Aadhaar management.

Making this data available will empower the UIDAI to disable the Aadhaar number of a dead person, thereby limiting the misuse of the 12-digit digital ID when their original owner dies.

According to Mint, this was the subject of a parliamentary intervention recently when the Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, took questions in the Lower House of Parliament – the Lok Sabha.

During the session, the Minister affirmed that there currently is no legal framework which facilitates the deactivation of a dead person’s Aadhaar number, but told the lawmakers that plans were afoot to make this a reality.

The Minister also disclosed that the Registrar General of India has equally been gathering suggestions from various stakeholders, namely from UIDAI, on the draft amendments of the Registration of Birth and Death Act, 1969. This legislation, he explained, will set the groundwork for the Registrars to share statistics on deaths with UIDAI so that the digital ID number of the deceased can be expunged from the system.

Mint writes that this move comes at a time when UIDAI has also reached a deal with the India Post Payments Bank to make it possible for Aadhaar cardholders to have their phone numbers updated by postmen without necessarily having to go to UIDAI offices.

More than 99 percent of all Indian adults are said to now be in possession of the Aadhaar digital ID card.

Article Topics

 |   |   |   |   |   |   |   | 

Latest Biometrics News


SITA wraps up acquisition of Materna IPS

SITA reports it has completed all necessary regulatory and legal procedures and finalized its acquisition of Materna IPS, a provider…


Payface lands new retail biometric payments deal in Brazil

Brazilian face biometrics payments startup Payface has clinched a deal with supermarket chain Ítalo. Ítalo Supermercados, based in the southern…


EU to fund digital programs with €108m, including digital identity

The European Union has issued a new call for funding within the Digital Europe Programme (DIGITAL), allocating over 108 million…


Lawmakers try again to kill diversion of TSA screening tech funds

Because of Washington partisan politics, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) doesn’t expect to be able to field upgraded and…


Florida tosses mDL program into the Gulf

Florida’s mobile driver’s license has been shut down, making the state a rare case in the world of a place…


FBI biometric fingerprint lab gets a party on its 100th birthday

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is celebrating the centennial of its fingerprint lab. A release from the agency says…


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Featured Company