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Government Applications Month: 3 Biometric ID Programs in Practice

Government Applications Month: 3 Biometric ID Programs in Practice

All over the world national governments are turning to biometrics for civil ID. Successful large scale implementations of biometrics-based national ID are emboldening countries – from the Philippines to France – to register their citizens for reasons as far ranging as naked payments and financial inclusion, to digital democracy and national security. This week, for…

Government Applications Month: The Primer

Government Applications Month: The Primer

September is Government Applications Month at FindBiometrics, during which we are placing a featured focus on the identity management and strong authentication technologies that keep modern society secure, convenient, and safe. From military ID and physical access control, to border security, law enforcement and next-gen voting, biometric technology has become a key component of the…

Aadhaar in Question as Indian Supreme Court Rules Privacy a Fundamental Right

Aadhaar in Question as Indian Supreme Court Rules Privacy a Fundamental Right

India’s Supreme Court has ruled that privacy is a fundamental right of Indian citizens. The decision was made unanimously by a nine-person bench of judges. The ruling could substantially impact Aadhaar, India’s national biometric ID program, but it isn’t yet clear how. In hearings ahead of the ruling, some Supreme Court judges hinted that privacy…

Indian Banks Move to Comply with Aadhaar Account Linking

Indian Banks Move to Comply with Aadhaar Account Linking

India’s banks are now working to ensure compliance with a new regulation requiring bank accounts to be linked to fingerprint biometrics registered through Aadhaar, the country’s national biometric ID program. As The Hindu reports, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which administrates Aadhaar, has set a deadline for December 31st, 2017, following an amendment…

Hindu Nationalists Call for Aadhaar Screenings at Religious Dances

Hindu Nationalists Call for Aadhaar Screenings at Religious Dances

A Hindu organization called the Hindu Utsav Samiti is urging the Indian government to use its national biometric ID program to ensure that only Hindus are allowed into traditional religious dance ceremonies called ‘garbas’. Speaking to the Indian Express, the president of the 6,000-member HUS, Kailash Begwani, claimed that Muslim men infiltrate the events to “entice”…

Death Certificate Order Extends Aadhaar from Cradle to Grave

Death Certificate Order Extends Aadhaar from Cradle to Grave

India’s national biometric ID program will soon extend from cradle to grave, with the country’s Home Ministry having just announced that effective October 1st, deaths must be registered using the Aadhaar numbers of the deceased. In other words, anyone trying to obtain a death certificate must identify the deceased using Aadhaar. If they don’t have…

Indian Supreme Court Hints That Privacy Ruling Will Protect Aadhaar

Indian Supreme Court Hints That Privacy Ruling Will Protect Aadhaar

India’s Supreme Court is hinting that it will not rule that privacy is a fundamental and absolute right when it delivers its verdict on the matter. The case was launched by critics of Aadhaar, India’s pioneering national biometric ID program. With its capability of using fingerprint and iris biometrics to verify citizens’ identities, the program…

Indian Supreme Court Faces Thorny Privacy Question Over Aadhaar

Indian Supreme Court Faces Thorny Privacy Question Over Aadhaar

India’s Supreme Court has entered hearings on a case that will determine whether citizens have a fundamental right to privacy. The case was launched in response to the expansion of Aadhaar, India’s pioneering biometric national ID program. Like any other national ID, Aadhaar includes key biographic data, but it also adds fingerprint and iris biometrics,…

Airbnb, Uber, Ola Considering Aadhaar Integrations: Report

Airbnb, Uber, Ola Considering Aadhaar Integrations: Report

Uber, India-based ride-hailing service Ola, and Airbnb are considering implementing Aadhaar authentication for their service providers, reports BuzzFeed. Administrated by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), Aadhaar is, of course, the world’s most ambitious biometric ID program, enabling various government and private sector organizations in India to use biometric data to confirm the identities…

BRIEF: Meet Aadhaar, the World’s Most Ambitious National ID Program

BRIEF: Meet Aadhaar, the World’s Most Ambitious National ID Program

India’s Aadhaar is the world’s most ambitious national ID program. It’s affiliated with a larger, ongoing initiative called Digital India, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched in 2015 to help push India towards a more digital economy; and it’s administrated by the Unique Identification Authority of India, or UIDAI, a government agency that predates the…

Indian Gov’t Launches Mobile Version of National Biometric ID

Indian Gov’t Launches Mobile Version of National Biometric ID

The Unique Identification Authority of India has launched a mobile app for the country’s national biometric ID program. The mAadhaar app is essentially a mobile version of an Aadhaar card, containing the same biographic and biometric information. It can only be downloaded to the same SIM card registered with a given user’s Aadhaar, and it…

Aadhaar Authentication Comes to Skype Lite

Aadhaar Authentication Comes to Skype Lite

Aadhaar authentication is now available for users of Skype Lite in India. The feature was first announced in February of this year. It lets users of the video chat service to confirm their identities using India’s national biometric ID program at any time during a call, and to request such confirmation from others. To authenticate,…

UPI Upgrade Could Boost Aadhaar Pay in India

UPI Upgrade Could Boost Aadhaar Pay in India

An upgrade to India’s Unified Payment Interface (UPI) platform is expected to feature enhanced support for biometrics and preauthorized transactions, reports The Economic Times. Administrated by the National Payments Corporation of India, the UPI is a payments platform designed to facilitate electronic payments between different bank accounts via mobile devices; Samsung, seeking to boost its…

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…

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