Aadhaar

India’s Supreme Court Allows Gov’t to Link Aadhaar to Taxes, with Exceptions

India’s Supreme Court Allows Gov’t to Link Aadhaar to Taxes, with Exceptions

India’s Supreme Court has weighed in on the government’s controversial plan to link tax filing to Aadhaar, the country’s national biometric ID program. The central government had sought to link Aadhaar to the Permanent Account Number (PAN) cards that are currently used to file taxes, arguing that they are highly vulnerable to fraud on their…

UIDAI Employee Investigated Over Bogus Aadhaar Account

UIDAI Employee Investigated Over Bogus Aadhaar Account

“The bogus identity used the name Osama bin Laden and featured a blurry photo of the former terrorist leader, who was killed by American special forces in 2011.” An employee of the Unique Identification Authority of India is under investigation by police officials for attempting to create a fraudulent identity in Aadhaar, the country’s national…

FIDO Alliance Partners with Data Security Council of India, Launches FIDO India Working Group

FIDO Alliance Partners with Data Security Council of India, Launches FIDO India Working Group

The FIDO Alliance has established a partnership with the Data Security Council of India (DSCI) and launched a FIDO India Working Group, the consortium has announced. The partnership could prove impactful in a rapidly digitizing economy, particularly as the proliferation of India’s Aadhaar national biometric ID program helps to popularize biometric authentication. In a statement,…

Indian Authorities Developing Solar-Powered, Biometric ATM

Indian Authorities Developing Solar-Powered, Biometric ATM

Government authorities in India are developing a solar-powered, biometric ATM for use in rural areas. The project was announced by Harsh Vardhan, the country’s science and technology minister. The ATM will be able to identify individuals through a thumb or fingerprint scan, presumably via communication with Aadhaar, the country’s national biometric ID program. It will…

Chief Minister Expands Biometric Attendance Tracking in Uttar Pradesh

Chief Minister Expands Biometric Attendance Tracking in Uttar Pradesh

“The move follows earlier efforts to bring biometric attendance tracking to government offices at a higher level.” The Chief Minister of India’s most populous state is ordering the expansion of biometric attendance tracking in government offices. During a presentation of the Rural Development Department, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath asserted that such systems must be…

Delta ID Pushes for Iris-Based Aadhaar Authentication

Delta ID Pushes for Iris-Based Aadhaar Authentication

“Just as mobile fingerprint scanning started on high-end devices from Apple and quickly spread to cheaper smartphones, many expect the same pattern to unfold with respect to mobile iris scanning.” With excitement building over smartphone iris scanning, Delta ID is seeking to pioneer the technology’s use with Aadhaar, India’s national biometric ID program. As the…

INTERVIEW: Mohammed Murad, Vice President, Iris ID

FindBiometrics President Peter O’Neill recently spoke with Mohammed Murad, Vice President, Global Sales, Marketing and Business Development, Iris ID. The conversation begins with talk of Iris ID’s presence at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and how iris recognition is gaining a great deal of momentum in mobility, finance, and other popular markets. Talk then turns…

Indian Tax Agency Says Certain Bank Accounts Must be Linked to Aadhaar

Indian Tax Agency Says Certain Bank Accounts Must be Linked to Aadhaar

The Indian government’s tax agency has announced that individuals who opened bank accounts between July of 2014 and August of 2015 will need to link their accounts to their Aadhaar numbers. The move represents another significant expansion of India’s biometric national ID program which is increasingly being used for authentication in the country’s financial services…

Indian Government Explores Aadhaar for Domestic Flights

Indian Government Explores Aadhaar for Domestic Flights

The Indian government is exploring the idea of linking air travel to Aadhaar, the country’s national biometric ID program. As The Times of India reports, the government has asked Wipro, an India-based IT consultancy, to develop a plan for a project that would allow travelers to book tickets for domestic flights using Aadhaar, and to…

Aadhaar Can’t Be Mandatory for Welfare Access: Supreme Court

Aadhaar Can’t Be Mandatory for Welfare Access: Supreme Court

India’s Supreme Court has ruled that the country’s national biometric ID program cannot be made mandatory for access to social subsidies. The ruling is a setback for the government, but limited in scope given the breadth of Aadhaar applications in the country. The biometric ID program has expanded in a legal fog since the Supreme Court…

Aadhaar to Be Integrated Into University Degrees

Aadhaar to Be Integrated Into University Degrees

India’s University Grants Commission is asking the country’s universities to start incorporating Aadhaar numbers into issued degrees. As with so many applications of India’s national biometric ID program, the move is meant to curb fraud. The UGC is asking that universities include students’ Aadhaar numbers together with their photographs in its degree certificates, which should…

News Roundup: Mobile Biometrics Evolution

News Roundup: Mobile Biometrics Evolution

Last week at FindBiometrics Mobile Biometrics Month 2017 continued as innovations in facial recognition dominated the news. We interviewed major industry personalities too, while border control rounded out the headlines and the industry prepared for the upcoming CeBIT and ISC West conferences.   Here is a roundup of last week’s top stories in global identity…

Three Markets Where Mobile Biometrics Are Making a Difference

Three Markets Where Mobile Biometrics Are Making a Difference

Mobile biometric technology is more than just unlocking your smartphone with your fingerprint, face, or iris. Many of the same innovations that have made biometrics flexible and affordable enough to integrate into consumer-facing hardware have also allowed for strong biometric identity to become a more prominent aspect of vertical markets on a global scale. This week,…

India’s Aadhaar Wins Praise From World Bank

India’s Aadhaar Wins Praise From World Bank

India’s pioneering national biometric ID program is winning praise from the World Bank, reports Bloomberg. While Aadhaar can still be controversial with respect to privacy issues, it also appears to be offering compelling benefits to government authorities and the population alike. By facilitating access to government services, subsidy programs, and even everyday economic activity, “a…

Safran Announces Completion of Pilot Project Linking Airport Screening to Aadhaar Biometrics

Safran Announces Completion of Pilot Project Linking Airport Screening to Aadhaar Biometrics

Safran Identity & Security has successfully completed a pilot project linking passenger security screening at India’s Bengaluru Airport to the country’s biometric national ID system, Aadhaar. It was first reported last autumn that Bengaluru Airport, officially called Kempegowda International Airport, would get Aadhaar-linked biometric screening, with Safran and Vision-Box participating in the project. Now, Safran…

Aadhaar Pay Goes Live in India

Aadhaar Pay Goes Live in India

“The service is going live just as Samsung launches its mPayment service in the country…” Aadhaar Pay is now active in India, care of IDFC Bank. The system operates through a mobile app on the merchant side. When a customer wishes to pay for something, she needs only to select the bank on the touchscreen, enter…

UIDAI Seeks to Reassure Public of Security of Aadhaar After Misuse Discovery

UIDAI Seeks to Reassure Public of Security of Aadhaar After Misuse Discovery

Having launched criminal investigation against multiple organizations for misuse of Aadhaar a couple of weeks ago, the Unique Identification Authority of India is now seeking to reassure the public that the incident did not involve a breach of the national ID program’s biometic data. The case of misuse involved Axis Bank and its business partners Suvidhaa Infoserve…

Aadhaar Could Help Get Kids Back Into School: Safran

Aadhaar Could Help Get Kids Back Into School: Safran

As India’s biometric national ID program continues to grow and extend across the country, its benefits in areas ranging from everyday banking to transportation are becoming increasingly apparent. But it could also offer a transformative impact on deeper socioeconomic level, with the system being linked to a new program aimed at getting underprivileged kids into…

Indian Railways to Link Aadhaar to Online Ticketing

Indian Railways to Link Aadhaar to Online Ticketing

Indian Railways is planning to link ticket purchases to citizens’ national ID program numbers. Confirming a rumor from last summer, the organization has laid out its Aadhaar plans in its business roadmap for 2017-2018. As part of a larger effort to transition to cashless ticketing, including a new mobile app planned for launch this May,…

Gov’t Pursues Police Investigation Over Aadhaar Misuse

Gov’t Pursues Police Investigation Over Aadhaar Misuse

Three companies going to be investigated for illegal use of India’s Aadhaar national biometric ID program, reports The Times of India. The Unique Identification Authority of India, which administrates Aadhaar, has filed a request for official investigation of the firms with the Delhi Police after discovering that an unusual number of biometric authentication transactions had…

Microsoft Embraces Aadhaar in India Expansion

Microsoft Embraces Aadhaar in India Expansion

Microsoft is deepening its presence in India’s IT infrastructure with a new Aadhaar-ready version of its Skype video call service and other collaborative efforts with the government and private sectors. Perhaps the most eyebrow-raising development to come out of this week’s Future Decoded event in Mumbai is Skype Lite, a small, 13MB version of the…

IndiaPost, Now Also a Bank, Will Link P2P Payments to National ID

IndiaPost, Now Also a Bank, Will Link P2P Payments to National ID

A new kind of financial services company is aiming to link payments directly to citizen ID in India. As The Economic Times reports, IndiaPost is preparing to turn citizens’ Aadhaar ID numbers into payment addresses, allowing money to be sent directly to them without the need for a bank account. IndiaPost is India’s postal service,…

News Roundup: Aadhaar Versus Fraud

News Roundup: Aadhaar Versus Fraud

Last week at FindBiometrics Healthcare Biometrics Month continued as we took a look at how strong authentication and identity management can be applied outside of the realm of patient ID. The industry news, meanwhile, was filled with border control, FinTech, and automotive biometrics, while India’s government made moves to address Aadhaar fraud. Here is a look…

Indian Authorities Tie Aadhaar to Food Rations

Indian Authorities Tie Aadhaar to Food Rations

Government authorities in India have now tied access to subsidized grain rations to enrollment in Aadhaar, the country’s national biometric ID program. The directive was issued by the Department of Food and Consumer Affairs this week and applies across the country, with the exception of Assam, Jammu, Kashmir, and Meghalaya. Individuals seeking to access the…

Indian Authorities Warn Public of Aadhaar Fraud

Indian Authorities Warn Public of Aadhaar Fraud

The Indian government continues its battle against fraudsters seeking to take advantage of the country’s now ubiquitous national biometric ID program, Aadhaar, with a new statement cautioning citizens not to purchase plastic or laminated versions of Aadhaar cards. In a statement, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is warning that certain “unscrupulous entities” are…

Indian Gov’t Takes Stern Stance on Unauthorized Aadhaar Services

Indian Gov’t Takes Stern Stance on Unauthorized Aadhaar Services

“…UIDAI, has announced that it has shut down 12 websites and Google Play store mobile apps for providing unauthorized Aadhaar services…” As Aadhaar, India’s national biometric ID program, continues to extend its reach into everyday life in the country, some are taking advantage and abusing the system – and the government is cracking down. The…

Safran, FotoNation Team to Offer Aadhaar-Ready Mobile Iris Scanning

Safran, FotoNation Team to Offer Aadhaar-Ready Mobile Iris Scanning

Safran Identity & Security has teamed up with FotoNation to offer a biometric identity solution compatible with India’s massive national ID program, Aadhaar. While FotoNation’s mobile authentication system launched last autumn featured both facial and iris recognition, the companies’ new offering, called BioNetra, will focus on the latter modality, with a statement announcing the partnership…

Aadhaar Pay Takes Shape in India

Aadhaar Pay Takes Shape in India

Aadhaar Pay is starting to take shape and could launch imminently. The idea was announced by Indian authorities late last year as the government ramped up efforts to transform India into a cashless society. Aadhaar Pay is a kind of hybrid between mobile payments and naked payments: Customers need only to pay with biometric scans,…

Indian Government Mulls Linking Biometric ID Program to Tax Returns

Indian Government Mulls Linking Biometric ID Program to Tax Returns

Government authorities in India are considering enabling the use of Aadhaar for income tax returns. The idea is to simplify tax returns by letting Indian citizens file them using their account numbers from the national biometric ID program. The measure was proposed by an advisory panel concerned with the advancement of India’s digital payments ecosystem,…

Aadhaar-Based System Lets New Aircel Subscribers Register Via Selfie

Aadhaar-Based System Lets New Aircel Subscribers Register Via Selfie

Safran Identity & Security has brought biometric self-registration to new customers of Indian mobile network operator Aircel. The solution combines Safran’s GSMA Mobile Connect authentication platform with Aadhaar, India’s national biometric ID program. Aadhaar’s citizen IDs include iris, fingerprint, and face data, with the GSMA Mobile Connect solution taking advantage of the latter to let new…

Indian Gov’t Negotiating with Banks on Aadhaar Payments Incentive Program

Indian Gov’t Negotiating with Banks on Aadhaar Payments Incentive Program

The Unique Identification Authority of India is working with banks in the country to establish incentive programs to get shopkeepers in rural areas to start accepting Aadhaar-enabled payments, reports Deccan Herald. Aadhaar is, of course, the country’s national biometric ID system, which is expanding to more and more applications, with the vast majority of the country’s…

Aadhaar Expands to Rural Worker Subsidy Program

Aadhaar Expands to Rural Worker Subsidy Program

India’s national biometric ID program continues to expand in the country, with a new government directive requiring rural workers to register via Aadhaar in order to continue receiving subsidies. The directive applies to workers receiving government subsidies through the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, or MGNREGS, which helps to ensure an income for…

Indian Gov’t Announces Aadhaar Mobile Payment App

Indian Gov’t Announces Aadhaar Mobile Payment App

The Unique Identification Authority of India, or UIDAI, is getting ready to enable mobile payment transactions based on Aadhaar, the country’s national biometric ID program. Following a recent ministerial meeting on how to facilitate the Prime Minister’s Office’s promotion of digital payments, the UIDAI has announced that it will release an Android app this month…

InFocus’ Iris Scanning Smartphone Gets Approval for Aadhaar

InFocus’ Iris Scanning Smartphone Gets Approval for Aadhaar

Oregon-based InFocus is preparing to launch an iris-scanning smartphone compatible with India’s Aadhaar biometric national ID program. The as yet unnamed smartphone has just received certification from India’s Standardization Testing & Quality Certification (STQC) authority confirming its use for Aadhaar, the biggest and most ambitious biometric national ID program in the world. With Aadhaar used…

Temple Priests Resist Biometric Attendance Tracking in India

Temple Priests Resist Biometric Attendance Tracking in India

A civic body charged with ensuring the economic welfare of temple priests (or “archakas”) in India is postponing the implementation of a biometric attendance tracking system due to protests from the archakas. As The Hindu reports, the Archaka Welfare Fund Trust (AWFT) made its decision in response to archaka complaints that implementing biometric attendance tracking…

Aadhaar Biometric Screening Coming to Bangalore Airport

Aadhaar Biometric Screening Coming to Bangalore Airport

Aadhaar, India’s pioneering national biometric ID program, is expanding its presence in air travel security. As The Economic Times reports, the Bangalore International Airport is preparing to enable Aadhaar-based security screening for travelers. The aim is to make the screening process smoother and more convenient for travelers, with a high-level airport executive explaining that it “should…

Indian City Expands Biometric Attendance Tracking for Staff

Indian City Expands Biometric Attendance Tracking for Staff

The Indian city of Khammam is expanding its use of biometric time and attendance tracking for city workers, reports The Hindu. While the Khammam Municipal Corporation had already installed such a system for its office workers, it’s now expanding it to all its staff in the field, including sanitation workers. It’s a considerable expansion; while…

UIDAI Seeks to Ensure None Left Behind in Aadhaar Campaign

UIDAI Seeks to Ensure None Left Behind in Aadhaar Campaign

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is working to ensure that no one is left behind when it comes to registration in the nation’s biometric ID program, Aadhaar. Earlier this month, the UIDAI launched a campaign to register any last voters in 22 states in which Aadhaar registration has already reached virtually 100 percent. Any…

India’s Yes Bank Announces Iris-Based POS and ATM Solution

India’s Yes Bank Announces Iris-Based POS and ATM Solution

One of India’s biggest banks is embracing iris biometrics for Aadhaar-based transactions. Yes Bank has announced that it has partnered with Lastmile.mobi to provide such a POS solution based on Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. The technological solution will essentially enable transactions using iris-based verification, either through a POS terminal or an ATM. It’s based on the…

NEC Celebrates as Aadhaar Marches Beyond Billionth Enrolment

NEC Celebrates as Aadhaar Marches Beyond Billionth Enrolment

“NEC’s technology is a cornerstone of the program, enabling the use of multiple biometric modalities—face, fingerprint, and iris—to ensure that individuals aren’t registered twice.” NEC is celebrating the dramatic growth of India’s Aadhaar system. It’s the biggest and perhaps the most ambitious national biometric ID program in the world. Part of a larger ‘Digital India’ initiative,…

Housing Board to Link Allotments to Aadhaar Credentials

Housing Board to Link Allotments to Aadhaar Credentials

A major community housing organization in India is going to take advantage of biometric identification in its housing assignments and administration. The Chandigarh Housing Board has announced that it will link residents’ information to their Aadhaar numbers. Aadhaar is, of course, India’s enormous biometric national ID program, with over a billion citizens now enrolled. It’s…

Delta ID’s ActiveIRIS Gets Aadhaar Certification

Delta ID’s ActiveIRIS Gets Aadhaar Certification

“Delta ID’s technology was also used in the world’s first iris-scanning smartphone, NTT DOCOMO’s F-04G, as well as a sequel device.” Iris biometrics specialist Delta ID is now officially certified to provide technology for Aadhaar, India’s ambitious national biometric ID program. The certification covers the company’s ActiveIRIS technology, which is already being used in a…

News Roundup: Background Checks and Major Acquisitions

News Roundup: Background Checks and Major Acquisitions

Last week at FindBiometrics we continued to explore the world of law enforcement biometrics while acquisitions, both speculative and real, brought some excitement to the industry news. Fingerprints, facial recognition, and iris biometrics all made headlines, while an interview gave insight into the one of the newest big names in biometrics. – Sign up now…

Tech Giants Face Challenge as Indian Gov’t Seeks Access for Aadhaar

Tech Giants Face Challenge as Indian Gov’t Seeks Access for Aadhaar

The Indian government is inviting the world’s mutlinational tech giants to work with it on incorporating its national biometric ID program, Aadhaar, into their devices and services. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which administrates Aadhaar, convened a meeting to discuss the idea a few weeks ago, inviting leaders from companies like Apple, Google,…

Other Countries Look to India’s Biometric ID Program

Other Countries Look to India’s Biometric ID Program

Aadhaar, India’s national biometric identity program, is garnering attention from around the world, reports VCCircle. At least, that’s the view of R.S. Sharma, former head of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the government body charged with administrating Aadhaar. Now employed as the head of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, Sharma continues to be…

MNOs Launch Biometric Onboarding Systems in India

MNOs Launch Biometric Onboarding Systems in India

Airtel and Vodafone have launched new biometric enrollment systems for mobile subscribers in India. They’re linked to Aadhaar, the country’s national biometric ID program that is used for an increasing number of authentication applications across the country. Developed in collaboration with Safran Security & Identity (formerly Morpho), Airtel’s system has gone live in its stores in Delhi, and…

Indian Hospitals to Issue Aadhaar Cards Along with Birth Certificates

Indian Hospitals to Issue Aadhaar Cards Along with Birth Certificates

The Indian government is getting ready to start issuing Aadhaar cards for newborns, reports the Deccan Chronicle. Aadhaar is India’s national biometric ID program. Over a billion citizens have been registered for Aadhaar, and the ID system is being used in a growing number of administrative services, not only from the government directly but also in areas…

Aadhaar-Linked Teacher Tracking Expanding in Rural India

Aadhaar-Linked Teacher Tracking Expanding in Rural India

Authorities in another district council in India are pushing harder to extend biometric attendance tracking for schools in their jurisdiction, reports The Hindu. Last month, district council authorities in Karnataka state introduced an attendance tracking program linked to Aadhaar, India’s national biometric ID system. The aim was to improve outcomes for students by ensuring that teachers were accountable…

Indian Biometric ID Efforts Expand on Land and at Sea

Indian Biometric ID Efforts Expand on Land and at Sea

Aadhaar, India’s national biometric ID program, continues to extend its reach across the country. In Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state, 95.2 percent of the population either have or are awaiting their Aadhaar numbers, with city officials having made Aadhaar enrollment mandatory. But as the program grows, there’s plenty of other incentive to register;…

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