The Aadhaar chaos has been surprising everyone, especially with the updates of linking Aadhaar to mobile number. The incessant updates and deadlines have proved out to be troublesome for the masses. To create more disruption, there’s been another piece of update by the UIDAI to shock us. According to UIDAI, Airtel Payments Bank was misusing Aadhar information. It has alleged Airtel of using the Aadhaar-eKYC based process to open payments bank accounts of its subscribers without their consent. And against this alleged issue, UIDAI has taken a bold step of temporarily barring Bharti Airtel and Airtel Payments Bank from conducting Aadhaar-based SIM verification of mobile customers using eKYC process as well as e-KYC of payments bank clients. This essentially means Airtel would not be able to carry out 'electronic-verification' or link mobile SIMs of its customers with their 12-digit biometric national ID Aadhaar though the efficient and paperless eKYC (or electronic Know Your Customer) process of UIDAI. Also, Airtel Payments Bank will not be able to open a new account with Aadhaar e-KYC. However, accounts can be opened through alternate methods, if available. More than 23 lakh customers have reportedly received as many as Rs 47 crore in their Airtel bank accounts, which they did not even know had been opened. Sources said it was brought to the notice of the UIDAI that at the time of mobile verification using Aadhaar e-KYC, the Airtel retailers were also opening Airtel Payments Bank accounts, without informed consent of the user. Also, as per the reports, Government LPG subsidy was also getting transferred to these accounts, without their consent against which UIDAI took strong objection. Security and privacy of Aadhaar data is a highly sensitive matter which has been into evidently in news from a very long time. Even the Supreme Court is looking into its various aspects and no doubt that its decision of temporarily disabling Airtel and Airtel Payment Bank’s license is correct.