1. What is offline Aadhaar?
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has launched an offline method of verification that avoids the older method of biometric eKYC. UIDAI’s new QR Code allows an Aadhaar holder to have her unique QR Code scanned and verified in order to complete the process.
This prevents the individual from having to reveal her 12-digit Aadhaar number. The updated QR code contains information such as name, address, photo and date of birth.
According to UIDAI’s website, the QR code will be signed with UIDAI signature. This is meant to make the code tamper proof and ensure its uniqueness to the Aadhaar holder. The QR Code can be scanned using a scanning application as well specified barcode scanners.
The Aadhaar infrastructure, as it was conceived, was meant to work only when authenticated online using biometric details with UIDAI’s central database. It has no validity as a physical card. However, following the Supreme Court’s verdict, UIDAI has pushed for the use of the QR code on the ‘card’ for verification.