Microsoft developing a project to link Skype with Aadhar data
User identification in India is possible on a large scale thanks to the widespread implementation of Aadhar. Microsoft is now contemplating the integration of this data with Skype so as to make authentication easier.
Microsoft President and ChiefLegal Officer Brad Smith said “We have been pursuing work, initially on a pilot basis, but it will continue to grow, to use that specific technology and integrate it into Skype.” He further added “(The person can) then communicate with someone on the other end, who might for example, work for a government agency and the government agency will know that person is who he or she says they are.”
The plan supposedly is to integrate an iris or fingerprint scanning system to authenticate users on Skype. But this plan could be a couple of years away since Microsoft is still a pilot program.
But once implemented, this could mean that court trials and other important government meetings can be held over Skype, without needing to physically be there. Of course, a lot could change by the time this idea actually comes to fruition, but Skype and Microsoft are hopeful that this technology will make major inroads in India and other markets.
Microsoft has also mentioned that it is currently working closely with the Indian Government to open Cyber Security Engagement Centres or CSECs across the country to fight cyber crimes in real time. A CSEC was recently set up in Gurgaon, with many more to follow hopefully.