DoT Shoots Down Reports Of 50 Crore Sim Cards Being Invalidated, To Come Up With New OTP Based Authentication

DoT Shoots Down Reports Of 50 Crore Sim Cards Being Invalidated, To Come Up With New OTP Based AuthenticationAn e-Sim stacked on top of other SIM cards (T-Mobile US)

Amidst reports suggesting invalidation of 50 Crore sim cards, the Department of Telecommunications and the Unique Identification Authority of India has rejected the reports calling it “completely untrue and imaginary”, they have come up with an alternative mechanism, reported Live Mint.

Reports suggest that the alternative mechanism will involve a mobile application based verification using OneTime Password (OTP).

The proposed process would involve the capture of a live photograph of the customer along with information on latitude, longitude, and time stamp. It is also reported that the picture in the customer's identity proof would also be captured. The SIM card will then be authenticated through an OTP and then issued,” the DoT and the UIDAI said in a joint statement.

However, the statement maintained that no sim card authenticated through Aadhaar would be discontinued. The user who wishes to de-link their Aadhaar could do it by providing an alternative identity. But in any case the mobile number will not be disconnected.

The statement also made it clear that SC had asked UIDAI to keep the life of authentication logs at six months. The restriction of not keeping the log beyond six months is on the UIDAI and not on telecom companies.