DoT Directs Telcos To Be Ready With New KYC Process By Nov 5

| October 27 , 2018 , 19:01 IST

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has asked telecom operators to be ready with an alternate verification process for approval by November 5, media reported on Friday.

The move of the DoT has come after it ordered the operators to stop using Aadhaar e-KYC for the verification process.

In a press note, the DoT ordered immediate discontinuation of the Aadhaar-based verification process for telecom subscribers in accordance with the Supreme Court's verdict on September 26 which barred private entities from possessing Aadhaar details of their customers.

"All telecom service providers are directed to ensure the readiness of their systems and offer the Proof of Concept of the proposed digital process by 5 November for approval," the notification reads.

"Meanwhile, this process can be implemented provisionally by all TSPs (telecom service providers)," it added.

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The telecom industry, through its joint representation on October 5, had suggested an alternate digital KYC (Know Your Customer) process for mobile subscribers.

The system proposed by the operators envisaged that the Customer Acquisition Form would be embedded with a live photograph of the subscriber and scanned images of proof of identity (POI) and proof of address (POA), thereby digitizing the end-to-end process of providing new subscriptions.

(With Inputs From IANS)