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Last Updated : Sep 01, 2017 02:33 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Aadhaar data of customer not mandatory for insurance sale: IRDAI

The regulator also said that the information downloaded from UIDAI should be considered as sufficient information for the purpose of KYC verification.


Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has clarified that authentication of policyholders or clients by insurance companies using Aadhaar number will be on a voluntary basis and with their consent.

Through two circulars in 2013 and 2015, the insurance regulator had allowed Aadhaar based e-KYC service offered by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) for the know-your-customer (KYC) verification.

“It is hereby clarified that for accessing the details of the client from UIDAI for identification and authentication shall be with the consent of the client on a voluntary basis,” said IRDAI in a circular.

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UIDAI has issued Aadhaar (Authentication) Regulations, 2016 inter alia prescribing the procedure for e-KYC authentication of Aadhaar Number. IRDAI said that insurers  can perform the verification of the client through ‘e-KYC authentication facility’ provided by UIDAI i.e. authentication through biometric authentication (fingerprint or iris scanning) and/or through one-time password (OTP) received on client’s mobile number or on e-mail address registered with UIDAI.

The regulator also said that the information downloaded from UIDAI should be considered as sufficient information for the purpose of KYC verification.

However, in case material difference is observed either in the name or photograph in Aadhaar is not clear, the insurer can carry out additional due diligence and maintain a record of the additional documents sought pursuant to such due diligence.

These norms are applicable for all category of insurers, including life,general and standalone health.

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First Published on Sep 1, 2017 02:33 pm
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