The applicability of Aadhaar is fast becoming mandatory across the board. There are many who are fearful about the possibility of misuse of information linked and stored in connection with Aadhaar.
Recently, there have been reports that Aadhaar numbers and personal information of several million Indians may have been leaked from government portals. Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) had, however, reportedly said in response to an RTI query that the core biometric data.
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has an online provision wherein Aadhaar biometric details can be locked or unlocked by an user.
However, it must be made sure that your mobile number is linked to Aadhaar and is functional. The Aadhaar-linked mobile number is required to generate the one time password (OTP) required to complete the process of locking/unlocking biometrics.
How to lock/Unlock biometrics
* Enter your Aadhaar number
* Enter security code/captcha
* Receive the OTP
* Lock your Aadhaar
The registered mobile number is essential to avail this service. The Aadhaar card carries the registered mobile number. If your mobile number is not registered with Aadhaar, one has to visit the nearest Enrolment Centre to submit a filled up form.
Once the biometric are locked, its authentication also gets blocked. If there any benefits attached to the number such as bank transfers etc, they will however continue. Its use gets restricted and one may not be able to authenticate it on any biometric devise. To unblock, one has to again visit the same website and after entering the Aadhaar number, receive the OTP to unlock it.
After locking biometrics if a UID is used for invoking any of the authentication services using a biometric modality (Fingerprint/Iris) a specific error code ‘330’ indicating biometrics are locked will be displayed.