DIGILOCKER PLATFORM (Syllabus: GS Paper 2 – Govt Policies/Schemes)

News-CRUX-10     13th May 2024        
Samadhaan

Context: Recently, as students nationwide hurried to their computers for board exam results, many can now access and even obtain their verified marksheets through the Indian government’s DigiLocker platform.


Digilocker Platform

  • About: It was initiated in 2015, serves as an application for securely storing users’ digital documents.
  • Nodal Agency: Ministry of Electronics & IT (MeitY) 
  • Part of: Digital India programme.
  • Applications: It facilitates various tasks such as passport applications, academic records review, and identity verification during travel.
  • Government's Initiative: DigiLocker aligns with the Indian government’s digital initiative to minimize paper usage and promote accessibility to essential documents.
  • User Base and Document Retrieval: As of early May, the platform boasts over 270 million registered users and has facilitated the retrieval of nearly 6.7 billion documents.
  • Purpose and Significance: DigiLocker serves as a paperless solution, ensuring users have access to updated documents, aiding in identity verification and credential authentication.
  • Combating Fraud and Inaccuracy: By providing digitally verified documents, DigiLocker helps officials in verifying identities and credentials accurately, minimizing the risk of fraudulent or outdated documentation.



Significance of Digilocker

  • It has standard security measures in place including 2048 Bit RSA SSL encryption, multi-factor authentication (OTP verification), consent systems, timed log outs, and security audits.
  • However, any government database that stores citizens’ information and documents is inevitably an attractive target for hackers who steal user data and sell it on the dark web.
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