Ijazat Aap Ki, Pakistan’s first data protection service, was introduced by the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) last week, giving individuals control over their personal data.
Assuring that their sensitive data is always safe and secure, the service will allow citizens to provide their approval prior to the authentication of their identity cards.
Nadra has promised that effective safeguards will be used to ensure the privacy of citizens’ data.
While introducing the service, Tariq Malik, the chairman of Nadra, stated that consent management was a digital method in accordance with his aim to safeguard data security and defend citizen privacy.
“Your data is your personal property, and just like your physical property, citizens are from now onwards empowered to control access and protect it against misuse or unwarranted use,” he stated.
According to Malik, service providers—including banks—will obtain citizens’ consent via a passcode before exploiting their personal information.
Additionally, he emphasized the importance of citizens maintaining vigilance in preserving their personal data and exhorted them to take all necessary actions to thwart fraud and identity theft.
Beginning on March 2, all verification transactions made through this service will call for a 6-digit passcode that will be delivered to individuals’ registered mobile numbers in order to get their permission to proceed with data sharing.
The public’s willingness to have their ID number verified by Nadra will be assumed when the pin number is submitted for authentication.
When a citizen registers for an ID card, Nadra will gather their mobile numbers. Also, the authority has introduced an SMS service that allows users to register their mobile numbers.
To register their mobile number with Nadra, citizens can text their 13-digit ID card number to the number 8009. After the enrollment is successful, the authority will reply by sending a confirmation message to the sender.