The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has just launched the mAadhaar app so that you don’t need to carry the physical Aadhar card everywhere. The app syncs Aadhar data like name, date of birth, gender and address along with card holder’s photograph.
The app comes with a biometric lock/unlock feature to secure the personal data. Once a user enables the lock system, the app remains locked till he/she chooses to either unlock it or disable the locking system. It also has a “TOTP generation” (Time-Based One-Time Password) process which can be used instead of SMS-based OTP.
The app will let users share their Aadhaar profile and data with third-party applications via NFC, QR codes, barcodes or even email their details. Interestingly, the app’s terms and conditions put the onus of responsibility on the user for “responsibly sharing” their Aadhaar data. Nowadays if you are buying a new SIM card, you might be asked for an Aadhaar card, and this app will make it easier to share that information with the service provider.