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Aadhaar Paperless Local e-KYC allows offline verification of identity, limits data sharing

Aadhaar Paperless Local e-KYC allows offline verification of identity, limits data sharing

Finance
Following the Supreme Court judgement on Aadhaar and in order to address privacy concerns and limit data sharing, UIDAI has launched a 'Aadhaar Paperless Local e-KYC' method which is an offline method for identity verification wherein verification can be done without sharing biometrics or even Aadhaar number. This method also allows you to choose the Aadhaar related details you want to share for identification purposes. According to a Times of India report, government is pushing for offline tools to verify Aadhaar of a person by a method which will not require sharing of biometrics or involve UIDAI servers. According to the report, there are two ways of offline Aadhaar verification - by using QR code on the Aadhaar card and via Paperless local e-KYC. The Paperless local e-KYC involves gene...
Is freezing your credit really enough to prevent identity theft?

Is freezing your credit really enough to prevent identity theft?

Finance
You can now add credit-report freezes to the list of best things in life that are free. As of Friday, consumers won't have to pay a fee to credit-reporting firms when they want to use a freeze to help protect themselves from identity theft. They would, however, need to contact each of the big three bureaus — Equifax, TransUnion and Experian — to cover all their bases. "I think this is a good partial step," said John Ulzheimer, a credit expert and president of The Ulzheimer Group in Atlanta. "You don't want to have people paying something t...
This 'old-fashioned' identity theft is just as dangerous as the cyber kind

This 'old-fashioned' identity theft is just as dangerous as the cyber kind

Finance
Hackers aren't your only risk when it comes to identity theft and fraud. Data breaches and hacks like those at Equifax, the IRS and Yahoo! tend to dominate the conversation — and no wonder. Breaches hit a record high in 2017, with 1,579 reported incidents exposing nearly 179 million records, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center, which helps consumers dealing with identity theft and fraud. But in recent years, a little more than half of thefts of consumers' personally identifying information were classified as "non-digital," meaning they didn't involve — or at least, didn't start with — the thief e...
The Vaccines find the cure for losing their identity: Rock eases the malady

The Vaccines find the cure for losing their identity: Rock eases the malady

Entertainment
NCThe Vaccines considered breaking up the band after their 2015 albumThe rockers considered calling it a day after losing their identity on 2015 LP English Graffiti.Now back with a new line-up and fourth album, Combat Sports, they are aiming for No1.Frontman Justin Young told me: “I’d lost sight of what The Vaccines did that other bands didn’t do. I definitely didn’t know who we were or if we would go on for a while.“We were assimilating ourselves into that pop lane and reflecting what was going on around us too much.“Now I like the idea of making a record that is irrespective of the world around us.”The departure of drummer Pete Robertson made them take stock.GETTYJustin says that their drummer leaving the band caused them to re-evaluateJustin said: “A bowling ball came hurtling through t
Identity theft at epidemic levels, warns Cifas

Identity theft at epidemic levels, warns Cifas

Business
Identity theft is reaching "epidemic levels", according to a fraud prevention group, with people in their 30s the most targeted group.ID fraudsters obtain personal information before pretending to be that individual and apply for loans or store cards in their name.A total of 89,000 cases were recorded in the first six months of the year by UK anti-fraud organisation Cifas.That is a 5% rise on the same period last year and a new record high."We have seen identity fraud attempts increase year on year, now reaching epidemic levels, with identities being stolen at a rate of almost 500 a day," said Simon Dukes, chief executive of Cifas."These frauds are taking place almost exclusively online. The vast amounts of personal data that is available either online or through data breaches is only maki...