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#AadhaarIsSafe 1/
I'm totally amused to read the various headlines around the @rssharma3 challenge! Clearly shows one of three things:
1) Knowledge of #Aadhaar @UIDAI is poor
2) Biased people take away what they want to believe
3) Both
No data is hacked/stolen or misuse-able
#AadhaarIsSafe 2/
Fact of the matter is that #Aadhaar only has 5 pieces of information - Name, Address, DOB, Gender, Photo, Photo and optionally Email Address, Phone#. I know of NO service that lets you subscribe without the first 5 items and most likely one of 6 & 7.
#AadhaarIsSafe 3/
The biggest cost most service providers face is verifying that the data is indeed accurate and knowing that the person cannot come a second time with a different IDentity. That is precisely what #Aadhaar is designed and architected to do!
#AadhaarIsSafe 4/
By #Aadhaar - service providers - bank/telco/insuranceco/mutualfund company/ employer/school/etc. can merely verify that:
- the identity being claimed is genuine/non-fakeable
- have a digitally signed code that can be stored as proof - nothing more, nothing less
#AadhaarIsSafe 5/
The foundation of #Aadhaar makes service delivery significantly lower cost for any service provider, while eliminating fraud and actually protecting the individual - I have done countless studies on the costs telcos have for #KYC, despite their scale!
#AadhaarIsSafe 6/
As with all new systems of much smaller scale - teething troubles are par for the course. Its important to get this right - but one thing is clear - NOT having solved the IDentity problem in India was very expensive in more we ways than one.
From the first days of #Aadhaar it was unfathomable that this could be spread across 1.2B people within 6 years & that people could be using this at scale. That in itself is a massive achievement.
#AadhaarIsSafe 8/
The next 5 years can be pivotal in setting the systems for the future - and #Aadhaar is the foundation of this. The good news is that technology is progressing fast enough to drive digitization at a scale & cost that was unimaginable.
#AadhaarIsSafe 9/
The missing piece was the Data Privacy & Security Law! I wish we had it earlier but in some ways its good because the world is now sensitized to the importance of it. The #SrikrishnaCommittee report will take a lot of internalization - and has huge ramifications
#AadhaarIsSafe 10/
We must have the communication channel open for constructive feedback - that is something that must be improved, not just by @UIDAI but all aspects of government & of course all industry too!
#AadhaarIsSafe 11/11
Everyone around the world is in shock and envy! We're lucky to be living in a country where we have the intent & technical capability to execute on such an ambitious plan. #EverTheOptimist #JaiHind 🤞✌️👍
I started with one Tweet and then it turned into a TweetStorm - so retweeting with the "Thread" concept thanks to @chandrarsrikant

@UIDAI @rssharma3 @NandanNilekani @pramodkvarma @nikhilkumarks @snjyjn
A few more thoughts on my part...
1) Use of OTP-based eKYC should be pervasive - NOT restricted
- ANY Entity registered in India should be allowed to do this
2) Storage and/or Use of the photo or photocopy of #Aadhaar should not be allowed
3) mAadhaar - pls allow sharing digitally signed #eKYC over any medium
4) Persistence of #AadhaarInfo should trigger a notification to my @digilocker_ind so I know who all are storing my details
5) @UIDAI should have a budget to educate people not just about Aadhaar but about its correct usage
6) Delink #AadhaarTerminals from entities using them - allow people to create a business a la telco recharge doing #BiometricAuthentication On Behalf Of Others

The list goes on..
Ever articulate @rssharma3 - well-written post from one of the star bureaucrats of India! Few know his background & fewer have interacted with him - I've had the privilege & truly respect his nuanced understanding & common sense approach to tech!…

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Oct 1, 2018
The only 5 things we needed:
1) #Aadhaar is legal
2) Don't save Aadhaar#Biometrics or Copy
3) ANY legal entity in India can do an AUTH
4) eKYC only for Govt/Regulated Entities
5) Auth/eKYC record saved by @UIDAI for 180 days
#Aadhaar is legal and not unconstitutional
What constitutes Aadhaar data has to be clear - to me its only Aadhaar Number
& biometrics. My name, Addr, DOB, Sex, Photo are NOT #Aadhaar data-
whether someone got/verified them from UIDAI or not its NOT Aadhaar Data,
its *MY* data!
NOBODY can save Aadhaar#Biometrics or Copy (of Aadhar).
Nobody saves biometrics - non-issue.
The whole reason for the concern of linking came from the common ID number
the 12-digit Aadhaar Number.
Saving a copy of the Aadhaar Letter/Card should also be disallowed.
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