Aadhaar

UIDAI Seeks to Assuage Aadhaar Discrimination, Privacy Concerns Before Supreme Court

UIDAI Seeks to Assuage Aadhaar Discrimination, Privacy Concerns Before Supreme Court

“…the UIDAI insists that the Aadhaar ID program does not require data concerning ethnicity, religion, or caste, ensuring that such factors cannot be used for discriminatory purposes.” The Unique Identification Authority of India is clarifying how the Aadhaar national biometric ID program it manages uses citizens’ data for the country’s Supreme Court. The UIDAI is…

Ingenico Sees Market Opportunities for Biometric POS Terminal

Ingenico Sees Market Opportunities for Biometric POS Terminal

Payment solutions provider Ingenico is targeting market opportunities brought about by India’s Aadhaar biometric ID program with its new Move/2500 B, a payment terminal featuring an integrated fingerprint scanner. In a statement announcing the solution, Ingenico said it will launch this June in India, where “all POS will soon have to provide fingerprint authentication.” That…

Aadhaar Tokenization System Arrives, But With No Support

Aadhaar Tokenization System Arrives, But With No Support

The Unique Identification Authority of India has launched its “Virtual ID” system for the country’s national biometric ID program, Aadhaar. First announced in January, the system’s name is a little bit misleading: Virtual ID is essentially a tokenization system, allowing citizens to convert their 12-digit Aadhaar ID number into a 16-digit proxy that can be…

UIDAI Reminds Government to Serve Citizens Even When Aadhaar Authentication Fails

UIDAI Reminds Government to Serve Citizens Even When Aadhaar Authentication Fails

The Unique Identification Authority of India is urgently reminding government service providers that they are obligated to serve citizens even when those citizens aren’t able to present credentials with Aadhaar, the national biometric ID program that the UIDAI administrates. In a public statement, the UIDAI says it has taken note of “media reports that some…

Seeking to Curb Fraud, UIDAI Urges Indian Citizens to Print Their Own Aadhaar Cards

Seeking to Curb Fraud, UIDAI Urges Indian Citizens to Print Their Own Aadhaar Cards

The Unique Identification Authority of India is urging citizens not to pay for laminated ‘Aadhaar cards’ as they are completely unnecessary and can expose important personal details to fraudsters. A statement from the government agency, which administrates the Aadhaar biometric national ID program, indicated that “unscrupulous elements” have been charging anywhere between Rs. 50 to…

UIDAI Preparing Aadhaar App for iOS

UIDAI Preparing Aadhaar App for iOS

“Called ‘mAadhaar’, the mobile app essentially acts as a virtual Aadhaar ID card, containing standard biographic information.” The Unique Identification Authority of India is preparing to launch an iOS version of the app for Aadhaar, India’s national biometric ID program. The news came by way of a recent Q&A session on Twitter with UIDAI head…

Snowden Adds Voice to Aadhaar Opposition

Snowden Adds Voice to Aadhaar Opposition

Edward Snowden, the famous CIA whistleblower and notorious American defector, has been lashing out at the Unique Identification Authority of India and the biometric ID database it oversees. Snowdens complaints have come in the form of tweets, with the most recent prompted by two important developments in the debate around Aadhaar. One is the publication…

UIDAI Adds Facial Recognition to Aadhaar

UIDAI Adds Facial Recognition to Aadhaar

Indian authorities are adding support for facial recognition to the country’s biometric national ID system, Aadhaar. The move was announced via a circular authored by Yashwant Kumar, the Assistant Director General of the Unique Identification Authority of India. Its aim is to further support biometric authentication through Aadhaar, which so far has only allowed for…

Indian Authorities Take Tokenization Approach to Aadhaar Authentication with Virtual ID System

Indian Authorities Take Tokenization Approach to Aadhaar Authentication with Virtual ID System

“The move comes in the wake of reports suggesting that the Aadhaar database has been compromised repeatedly via unauthorized access, due to security loopholes that allow for relatively easy administrative access to the system’s back end.” The Unique Identification Authority of India has announced a new Virtual ID system that will allow users to authenticate…

Unauthorized Aadhaar Database Access Can be Bought: Report

Unauthorized Aadhaar Database Access Can be Bought: Report

“Putting aside the question of the report’s validity, Aadhaar may at this point be too big to fail, even if it does have serious security vulnerabilities.” India’s Aadhaar is the largest government-led biometric ID program in the world, and it can be hacked for about eight bucks. That’s the allegation of one domestic newspaper, whose…

Has Aadhaar Extended to India’s Sex Trade?

Has Aadhaar Extended to India’s Sex Trade?

“…government authorities advise citizens not to share their Aadhaar details with strangers…” The sex trade has offered up the latest example of the extensive reach of Aadhaar, India’s national biometric ID program, with a report that a pimp in the state of Goa demanded photos of the Aadhaar cards of prospective clients. As The Times…

WISeKey Tech to Protect IriTech IP

WISeKey Tech to Protect IriTech IP

Iris recognition specialist IriTech is adopting WISeKey security for its government ID activities: The companies have announced that the latter’s VaultC secure elements solutions will be used to help protect IriTech’s intellectual property. The partnership appears to have been prompted by IriTech’s work on Aadhaar, India’s pioneering national biometric ID program. IriTech provides iris recognition technology…

Amazon Demands Aadhaar Info to Track Lost Packages in India

Amazon Demands Aadhaar Info to Track Lost Packages in India

Amazon is now asking Indian customers to provide their Aadhaar information in order to find lost packages, according to a new BuzzFeed report. Aadhaar is the largest and most ambitious national biometric ID program in the world. It was initially implemented with the aim of extending and simplifying access to government services in India, and…

UIDAI Seeks to Reassure Citizens After ‘Proactive Disclosure’ of Aadhaar Information

UIDAI Seeks to Reassure Citizens After ‘Proactive Disclosure’ of Aadhaar Information

“…UIDAI has now asked the government agencies concerned to remove the information from their websites.” The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is once again seeking to reassure citizens that the country’s Aadhaar biometric ID database is secure. The latest effort comes in the wake of a report that over 200 government websites were displaying…

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”…

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