All SIM cards not linked to Aadhaar will be deactivated after February 2018

The government is moving ahead with mobile SIM cards and all unlinked phones will be deactivated after February 2018.

Aadhaar* mobile linkage is being done as per the orders of Supreme Court passed in February this year in Lokniti foundation case. All SIM cards have to be verified with Aadhaar so criminals, fraudsters and terrorists cannot use the issued SIMs.

They said that biometrics cannot be stored by the mobile operators nor they have access to any of the other personal data.

They said biometrics collected should be encrypted by telecom company and sent to UIDAI.  Any storage of biometric by a service provider is a criminal offence punishable with up to three years of imprisonment under the Aadhaar Act 2016.

The Central government had told the Supreme Court in February that it would put in place, within a year, an effective mechanism for the verification of pre-paid mobile users who constitute 90 per cent of the total subscribers.

Asking the government to put in place the mechanism for the verification of existing pre-paid mobile connection holders “as early as possible”, the court disposed of the petition by Lokniti Foundation seeking the scrutiny of the subscribers so that those having pre-paid mobile connections on fake identities are weeded out.

PTI
newindianexpress.com, Sunday, 10 September 2017

* Aadhaar is a 12-digit unique identification number issued by the Indian government to every individual resident of India.  The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which functions under the Planning Commission of India, is responsible for managing Aadhaar numbers and Aadhaar identification cards.