Google has announced integration of DigiLocker with the Files by Google app allowing Android users to access verified documents directly from within the Files app, the official file management app on Android.
This integration, announced at the company's annual Google For India event in New Delhi, will allow Android users to seamlessly organize their most-used documents on their smartphones for convenient and private access on-the-go.
Launched by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology under its Digital India initiative in 2015, DigiLocker is a digitization and online document storage service. A 2017 amendment to the IT Act, 2000 stated that the issued documents provided and shared through DigiLocker are at par with the corresponding physical certificates.
Additionally, Ram Papatla who leads engineering for Android at Google India shared that the company is using an advanced Al model to identify and organize important files such as Indian citizen documents on your phone, privately and safely. Google claims that the machine learning models to identify and organize the documents will run locally on the device and the data will not be shared with Google or any third-party.
Abhishek Singh, President and CEO of NeGD and the MD & CEO of Digital India Corporation, believes that DigiLocker’s integration and partnership on Android will drive smoother and ubiquitous access to digitized documents in a safe and secure manner. Unfortunately, Google didn't share a definite timeline for the release. "Coming soon," that is.
While announcing the partnership, Singh also shared that DigiLocker has over 137 million registered users and the service has over 2,300 issuers.
Digital India Corporation is a not-for-profit company set up by Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India, and leads and guides in realizing the vision, objectives, and goals of the Digital India program. National e-Governance Division (NeGD) is an independent business division under the Digital India Corporation.