Microsoft is adding Aadhaar integration to Skype Lite to bring identity verification features to the service.
To confirm identity, users need to click the ‘Verify Aadhaar identity’ and then enter their 12-digit Aadhaar number and then authenticate it via a one-time password that will be sent via SMS. Once the identity is verified, users can choose to share pre-selected information with the other party in order to confirm identity.
Aadhaar verification will be captured as an event within the conversation.
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Skype will not store any Aadhaar information and personal information like video and audio conversations are encrypted.
Skype Lite was unveiled at the company’s Future Decoded event back in February 2017. As the name would suggest, it is a lightweight version of the standard Skype app and is built for slower data networks. The app is aimed at low to mid-range Android smartphones and offers a full suite of features like calling, texting and contact management.
The app was designed by Microsoft’s India Development Center in Hyderabad and offers support for seven Indian languages including Gujarati, Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. Further, the app also supports Microsoft’s bot framework and UI.
It was noted that the company was working with local government and developers to build quality bots for the service. The app is currently only available for Android.