Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai) has said insurance
companies can access details of policyholders provided by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) only with their consent.
“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,” it said.
had issued the Aadhaar
(Authentication) Regulations, 2016, prescribing the procedure for e-KYC
(Know Your Customer) authentication of Aadhaar
number. Irdai has said insurers should perform the verification of clients through e-KYC
authentication facility provided by UIDAI.
This has to be done through biometric authentication (fingerprint or iris scanning) and/or through one-time password received on clients’ mobile number or on the email address registered with UIDAI.
The information provided by the UIDAI
will be considered sufficient for KYC verification.
“Eventually, Irdai will think of making e-KYC
mandatory for identification of policyholders, as the Securities and Exchange Board of India
are also contemplating the same. But, they have to make sure that privacy of the policyholders is not compromised,” said Ashvin Parekh, managing partner of Ashvin Parekh Advisory Services.
Meanwhile, Irdai has directed all general insurers to participate in Lok Adalats.
This comes on the back of Tripura high court’s observations regarding non-participation or unsatisfactory participation of non-life insurers in such Adalats.
Rakesh Jain, executive director and chief executive officer of Reliance General Insurance, said the insurer had started the process of taking voluntary registration with UIDAI
back in January 2014, recognising the need to go digital as well as to ease the buying process for customers. “All are front-end sales and claims process is e-KYC-enabled, ensuring a quick and seamless discharge of activities. We are also leading the initiative of e-policy in dematerialised form as a furtherance of this approach,” he said.
In case any material difference is observed either in the name or photograph in Aadhaar
is not clear, the insurer shall carry out additional due diligence and maintain a record of the additional documents sought pursuant to such due diligence, Irdai said. The insurers have to maintain KYC records of their clients.