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Govt issues directive for telcos after top court verdict

Aadhaar was being used by the telcos for new mobile phone connections as well as existing ones.

In wake of the Supreme Court directive, the government has asked telecom companies in the country to stop using Aadhaar card for electronically verifying customers’ data.

The Aadhaar was being used by the telcos for new mobile phone connections as well as existing ones.

The directives from the government came after a recent Supreme Court order.

The top court had last month in a landmark verdict restricted the use of Aadhaar by private entities in the absence of a legal provision.

It is in this context that the Department of Telecom (DoT) issued detailed instructions to telecom companies on stopping the use of Aadhaar-based electronic-know your customer (e-KYC) and report compliance by November 5.

This effectively means that no telecom operator can ask for your Aadhaar details while issuing you a new mobile phone connection.

However, if your mobile phone connection is already e-verified through Aadhaar, this directive won’t affect you.

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