India’s cryptocurrency fans might have to link their Aadhaar IDs with their wallets


As India cozies up further with cryptocurrencies, it looks like enthusiasts will have to let the government get a ringside view of the action, as a proposal to link accounts on Bitcoin exchanges to users’ national IDs is in the works. Ajeet Khurana, head of the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Committee of the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), told the Economic Times that the group (which counts seven cryptocurrency exchanges among its members) plans to submit a proposal to the government, in which the concerned agencies will be able to look up purchase data for all buyers and sellers…

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India wants to add features to Aadhaar even before it can fix what’s broken


The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has had a terrible 2018 so far, as numerous issues have been reported in its Aadhaar system designed to ID 1.3 billion citizens across the country. And yet, it seems keen to tack on more features as if nothing has happened. Earlier this month, a local paper reported that it was possible to purchase any registered citizen’s Aadhaar data (which includes their name, address, and date of birth, among other details) by contacting an agent and paying them Rs. 500 ($ 8). Subsequently, French security researcher Robert Baptiste highlighted problems with the official mAadhaar…

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India is handling its Aadhaar security woes in the worst possible ways


India’s Aadhaar system for issuing every citizen an ID number has been in the news for all the wrong reasons in the past couple of years, from being made mandatory without the necessary legal backing, to having its data leaked willy-nilly multiple times. The most recent incident to shock people keeping score comes from The Tribune, a Chandigarh, India-based paper which reported last week that it was possible to purchase any registered citizen’s Aadhaar data by contacting an agent and paying them Rs. 500 ($ 8). The outlet noted that about 100,000 people are believed to have unrestricted access to this…

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How to link Aadhaar to your mobile number via OTP

The Government of India has made it mandatory to link your mobile number with Aadhaar card for identification verification and has put a deadline of March 31, 2018 to do so. While the process of verification by visiting the mobile network customer centers can be tiresome, UIDAI has rolled out OTP based verification system using which you … Continue reading “How to link Aadhaar to your mobile number via OTP”
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