Last year, Microsoft presented various “case scenarios” on how Skype service can be used for identity authentication using the Indian government’s Aadhaar database to government authorities. For our readers outside of India, Aadhaar is like SSN in the US. Aadhaar is the world’s largest national identification number project with over 1.154 billion enrolled members.
Back in February this year at Future Decoded India even, Microsoft launched Skype Lite app built for the Indian market and announced that the Aadhaar integration within Skype Lite would be coming in the summer of 2017. Today, they announced that this integration is now available to users in India. With the updated Skype Lite app, you can verify users’ identity online to communicate more securely with others. For example, when you want to call an important government representative, both parties can verify their identity at the beginning of the call using Aadhaar to prevent impersonation fraud.
During the call, either the caller or the receiver can request Aadhaar verification over a video call using Skype. To confirm their identity, users needs to click on “Verify Aadhaar identity”, enter their 12-digit Aadhaar number and then authenticate with a one-time password sent via SMS. Once validated, they can choose to share pre-selected Aadhaar information with the other person to confirm their identity. After the verification process, Microsoft will not store any Aadhaar information.
You can download the updated Skype Lite app on Android here.