The UIDAI has restored Airtel's authorization to conduct Aadhaar based e-KYC verification of its mobile subscribers, though reports indicate that the Airtel Payments Bank licence remains suspended. The decision was taken after the Aadhaar-issuing body noted that the company had complied with “critical issues” and had offered regular status updates to the authority. Airtel will have to submit quarterly reports on compliance with Aadhaar Act and adhere to directions issued by the UIDAI time to time. MediaNama's take While Airtel exploited a nominal consent to create the Payments Bank accounts, they actually were allowed to use the mobile verifications to create Payments Banks accounts explicitly by UIDAI. RBI updated the operating guidelines for Payments Banks in February this year. The previous guidelines explicitly allowed Payments Banks to use the EKYC details from the telecom partner: It is clarified here that…
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