No authority in India expressly authorizes other entities to use PAN or other unique ID cards for customer verification purposes. The entity itself takes such measures since Government issued identities carries trust and uniqueness.
No unique identity of any nature is required for transacting Bitcoins.
Now, as for the Bitcoin exchanges and other trading platforms requiring the use of PAN or other ID cards, these entities have valid reasons to ask for such details, such as:
- to avoid legal hassle for the entity when a customer engages in illegal financial activities or anti-national activities such as tax evasion, money laundering and terrorism. PAN is a must for surveillance, tracking and investigation;
- to show itself as a responsible corporate entity engaging with legit customers only and maintaining transparency at their end.
No Legal Requirement
Although Coinsecure is not required by the law to follow any Know Your Customer (KYC) policies or implement any Anti Fraud mechanisms, however Coinsecure believes in total transparency and adherence to the law and discourages any of illegal activities while using Coinsecure’s services. In order to discourage and prevent any person from indulging in illegal activities using its services, Coinsecure has made the following KYC and Anti Fraud Policy purely as a measure of prudence and on an entirely voluntary basis.
You must know that there is no standalone data protection law in India and currently, misuse of unique identifiable information is a punishable offense under Section 66C, IT Act 2000 (Amendment 2008), but the punitive punishment has failed to deter many criminals from committing identity fraud, so you must weigh your risks carefully before divulging such critical details.