UIDAI launches mAadhaar app on Android
What is in news?
mAadhaar, a new app for syncing Aadhaar data with on mobile phones, has been launched by the UIDAI, which is the agency responsible for Aadhaar.
The mAadhaar app is only available on Android, and the developer for this is listed as UIDAI on the Google Play Store.
Purpose of this app?
The idea is to make Aadhaar profile sharing simple, and do it from the smartphone itself.
Where security features of the app are concerned, there is the added measure of entering your password every time you want to do any action on the app.
1. Aadhaar Number Holder profile download – A convenient way to carry Aadhaar number with demographic details anytime, anywhere.
2. Biometric locking/unlocking – To secure biometric authentication by locking biometrics data. Once resident enables Biometric Locking system their biometric remains locked till the Aadhaar Holder chose to either Unlock it (which is temporary) or Disable the Locking system.
3. TOTP generation – Time-based One-Time Password is an automatically generated temporary password which can be used instead of SMS based OTP.
Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), a statutory authority established on 12 July 2016 by the Government of India, under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, under the provisions of the Aadhaar Act 2016.
The agency has been mandated by the government to develop, identify and set up the necessary infrastructure for issuing Aadhaar cards.
UIDAI works in consultation with the Registrar General of India, which is responsible for census data in India. The agency is headed by the former chairman and co-founder of Infosys Ltd, Nandan Nilekani, who has the rank and status of a cabinet minister.