The UIDAI or Unique Identification Authority of India, which issues the 12-digit Unique Identity Number (UID) as well as Aadhaar card, enables Aadhaar holders to lock and unlock the biometrics data fed into the Aadhaar system.
Avideo shared on microblogging site Twitter, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said:
“If you do not intend to use your biometrics in near future, you can lock your biometrics.”
How to lock your Aadhaar card biometrics
Find and click on the ‘Lock/Unlock Biometrics’ link under the Aadhaar Services section on the UIDAI self-service portal – uidai.gov.in.
Under the ‘Lock your Biometrics’ section, enter your 12-digit Aadhaar number and the security code in the fields as specified.
An OTP or One-Time Password for Login will be sent to your registered mobile number, according to the UIDAI website.Enter the OTP received on your registered mobile number in the respective field and click ‘Login’. The registered mobile number is essential to avail this service, the UIDAI adds.
Enter the security code once again and click on ‘Enable’. Your biometrics will now be locked. “You would not be able to use Aadhaar-based biometric authentication for any service unless you ‘Unlock’ your biometrics,” a message on the UIDAI portal reads.
How to disable Aadhaar card biometric lock
For unlocking your biometrics, first login using the OTP- or One-Time Password-based method explained earlier.
After logging in, enter the security code and then click on ‘Disable’ button on the next page to disable the biometric lock, according to the UIDAI website. Once the lock is enabled, the user can either unlock it (which is temporary) or disable the locking system, it noted.Users of the biometrics locking system are cautioned to use this facility with care to prevent denial of authentication services, the UIDAI added.