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UIDAI introduces digitally-signed QR code with photo for eAadhaar

UIDAI is gearing up to introduce secure digitally-signed QR Code on e-Aadhaar that will now contain photograph of the Aadhaar holder. Along with it demographic details, to facilitate better offline verification of an individual.

UIDAI sources told
" The UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) has recently replaced existing QR code on e-Aadhaar having resident’s demographic details now with a secured digitally-signed QR Code which contains demographics along with photograph of the Aadhaar holder"

Explaining about it QR code is a form of barcode label which contains machine-readable information, while e-Aadhaar is the electronic version of Aadhaar that can be downloaded from UIDAI website.

UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey said " This is a simple offline mechanism to quickly verify the genuineness of the Aadhaar card."

UIDAI’s e-Aadhaar QR Code reader software has been made available on the nodal body’s website from 27 March 2018.

Further sources of UIDAI said " In simple words, it is a very useful and secure facility on eAadhaar where anyone, whether an Aadhaar holder or a user or service agencies like banks can do offline verification of the data in e-Aadhaar along with the photograph"

eAadhaar will be coming upn with a a small QR code on front side of cutaway portion, with demographic data only. While on the top portion of front side and the back (containing demographic data and the photo).Finally it is said to have UIDAI digital signature.

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