biometric national ID

Identity Devices Announces Aadhaar-Focused Platform

Identity Devices Announces Aadhaar-Focused Platform

Fresh off of its partnership announcement with Fingerprint Cards, the new Swedish company Identity Devices has made its first big push into India’s Aadhaar market, announcing a ‘Biometric Privacy Platform’ (BPP) designed for the enormous biometric national ID program. The BPP is described as an offering of both hardware and software for the Aadhaar ecosystem,…

Canadian Bankers Association Calling for National Digital ID

Canadian Bankers Association Calling for National Digital ID

The Canadian banking sector’s leading business association is calling for the creation of a digital identity system for use in the nation’s financial services. Founded toward the end of 1891, the Canadian Bankers Association is an integral position in the discourse between the country’s banks and government authorities. And it has published a new video…

IDEMIA Delivers Biometric e-IDs to Nepalese Government

IDEMIA Delivers Biometric e-IDs to Nepalese Government

“Each ID card features a microchip containing the citizen’s photograph, signature, and fingerprint biometrics, while the card itself is laser-engraved polycarbonate.” IDEMIA has just delivered its latest batch of national ID cards to government authorities in Nepal, the company has announced. It’s the latest development in a partnership that extends back to 2016, when Safran…

Indian Gov’t Preparing Opt-Out Legislation for Aadhaar

Indian Gov’t Preparing Opt-Out Legislation for Aadhaar

“…the legislation will offer citizens a six-month window in which they can choose to opt out of the Aadhaar program, with their iris and fingerprint data deleted from the Aadhaar database.” The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is preparing legislation that will allow citizens to withdraw from Aadhaar, India’s biometric national ID program. According…

Indian FinTech Firms Look for Aadhaar Alternatives for KYC in Wake of Supreme Court Ruling

Indian FinTech Firms Look for Aadhaar Alternatives for KYC in Wake of Supreme Court Ruling

“The situation is only the latest illustration of the haphazard character of Aadhaar’s rapid evolution over the last few years, with government agencies and businesses applying the ID program in something of a regulatory and legal fog.” The Indian Supreme Court’s decision to restrict the use of Aadhaar, India’s biometric national ID program, to government…

Aadhaar Confusion Has Killed Citizens: Report

Aadhaar Confusion Has Killed Citizens: Report

“As far back as February of this year, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which administrates Aadhaar, issued a statement reminding government officials that they must provide services to citizens even when Aadhaar authentication fails…” India’s biometric national ID program has delivered some tremendous benefits to the country, but it has also led to…

Indian Supreme Court Ruling Seeks to Restrict Aadhaar’s Reach

Indian Supreme Court Ruling Seeks to Restrict Aadhaar’s Reach

“This ruling comes a little over a year after the Supreme Court’s ruling last summer that privacy is a fundamental right of Indian citizens…” India’s Supreme Court has issued a new ruling that seeks to limit the reach of Aadhaar, the country’s ambitious biometric national ID program. According to a new Reuters report, the ruling…

UIDAI Offers Funding to Help Schools Enroll Students in Aadhaar

UIDAI Offers Funding to Help Schools Enroll Students in Aadhaar

The Unique Identification Authority of India is once again recalibrating its efforts to promote Aadhaar, the country’s biometric national ID program, with the announcement that it will offer Rs 2B, or about $27,668,000, in assistance to school districts for the enrollment of students. It’s a response to confusion among school administrators that was arguably the…

Iris-Scanning Tablets Enable Aadhaar-based Banking

Iris-Scanning Tablets Enable Aadhaar-based Banking

Axis Bank is staking a claim to being the first financial services institution in India to implement iris-based Aadhaar authentication on a ‘micro ATM’, a term for portable terminals used to enable account access. Axis Bank has embedded iris recognition technology into a tablet device to enable to the functionality as part of its efforts…

Almost Every Indian Adult Now Registered in Biometric ID Program

Almost Every Indian Adult Now Registered in Biometric ID Program

Almost every Indian adult is now enrolled in Aadhaar, India’s national biometric ID database, according to a new report from The Economic Times. It’s a matter of some speculation, but the numbers add up. The central government says that a little over 1.2 billion people have been enrolled in the program; meanwhile, authorities also project…