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India’s Election Commission Wants to Tie Aadhaar to Voter Registration

India’s Election Commission Wants to Tie Aadhaar to Voter Registration

India’s Election Commission is pitching new legislation that would link a citizen’s voter ID card with their Aadhaar number. The legislation would amend the 1951 Representation of the People Act, and allow the Election Commission to collect the Aadhaar numbers of existing voters and new applicants seeking to have their names added to the register.…

Kenya’s National Biometric ID Program Delayed by High Court

Kenya’s National Biometric ID Program Delayed by High Court

A new nation-wide biometric identification program in Kenya was suspended by the country’s high court until new laws are enacted that protect the data collected and prevent discrimination against minorities. In a 500-page report to be released this week, the court’s three-judge panel announced that it is suspending the biometric ID program until the government…

NEXT Supplies Fingerprint Readers for Government Project in India

NEXT Supplies Fingerprint Readers for Government Project in India

The Indian state of Andhra Pradesh will be receiving a substantial number of fingerprint readers from NEXT Biometrics. Andhra Pradesh plans to use NEXT’s Aadhaar-certified readers to facilitate the distribution of government services and improve the living standards for people in rural areas as part of the state’s Navarathnalu program. The full order is worth…

Agritech Startup Using Cow Biometrics to Boost Dairy Production in India

Agritech Startup Using Cow Biometrics to Boost Dairy Production in India

A recent article in the South China Morning Post has placed a spotlight on the rapidly expanding agritech industry in India, where there are now more than 450 startups trying to come up with ways to make the country’s farms more efficient. Agriculture currently represents about 18 percent of India’s annual GDP, yet its farmers…

Indian Partners Brief Afghanistan Officials on Aadhaar ID Program

Indian Partners Brief Afghanistan Officials on Aadhaar ID Program

“Aadhaar is the world’s most ambitious civil biometric identity program. Indian citizens are assigned an Aadhaar number connected to biometric registration including fingerprint, iris, and face biometrics…” Government officials from Afghanistan are exploring the development of a national ID program similar to India’s biometric Aadhaar system, suggest recent collaborative efforts conducted between the two countries.…

Mastercard Identity Check Authentication Service Now Available to Federal Bank Customers in India

Mastercard Identity Check Authentication Service Now Available to Federal Bank Customers in India

Mastercard has announced a partnership with Federal Bank that will see its Mastercard Identity Check (MIC) platform become available for its customers throughout India. The EMV 3-D Secure MIC platform allows for biometric identification, giving card-holders the added security of two-factor authentication, which Mastercard says decreases instances of online shopping cart abandonment and reduces cases…

NEC Subsidiary to Supply Biometric Tech at Four Indian Airports

NEC Subsidiary to Supply Biometric Tech at Four Indian Airports

NEC Technologies India — a subsidiary of Japanese tech giant NEC Corporation — has been awarded a contract from the Airports Authority of India to supply biometric technology at four airports around the country for the Digi Yatra project. The biometric tech will be launched by NEC in phases before the end of 2020 at…

Indian Authorities Issue Biometric IDs to Migrant Workers

Indian Authorities Issue Biometric IDs to Migrant Workers

Department officials from Kochi in the Ernakulam district of India have reported that the coverage of migrant workers in the area with biometric identification cards has reached 80%. A department official speaking to The Times of India said, “We have provided biometric ID cards to 1,04,000 migrant workers in Ernakulam bringing 80% of them under…

Indian Teahouse Chain Faces Backlash Over Use of Facial Recognition

Indian Teahouse Chain Faces Backlash Over Use of Facial Recognition

A multi-city teahouse chain in India is coming under fire for its use of facial recognition to identify customers. Ostensibly, the face scanning technology is used only in Chaayos’ loyalty program, enabling the teahouse chain to link enrolled customers’ payment accounts to their faces. But one unhappy customer – and editor of what the BBC…

India’s Privacy Advocates Voice Concerns About Biometric Surveillance Contract

India’s Privacy Advocates Voice Concerns About Biometric Surveillance Contract

Indian privacy advocates are once again voicing their concerns as the government of India prepares to hand out a landmark contract for a national facial recognition surveillance system. The Prime Minister opened the bidding for the contract back in September, for a system that is supposed to help an understaffed police force identify criminals and…

Internet Shutdown Disrupts Biometric Attendance Systems in Kashmir

Internet Shutdown Disrupts Biometric Attendance Systems in Kashmir

Biometrics News – Time and Attendance The ongoing internet shutdown in Kashmir has limited the effectiveness of biometric attendance tracking programs for government and call center employees in the region. India cut off the area’s access to the internet on August 5th, isolating the region in the midst of a legislative battle in which India…

India, Aware, and More in This Week’s Top Biometrics Stories Roundup

India, Aware, and More in This Week’s Top Biometrics Stories Roundup

The biometrics industry spans across a wide range of technologies and sectors, and this week’s roundup of FindBiometrics’ top news stories runs the gamut. First up is news about an extra-early round of funding for India-based digital identity startup Syntizen Technologies. The company didn’t disclose how much money it brought in through the funding round,…

Syntizen Receives Pre-Series A Funding from Mastercard to Drive Global Expansion

Syntizen Receives Pre-Series A Funding from Mastercard to Drive Global Expansion

The digital identity startup Syntizen Technologies has completed a successful Pre-Series A funding round, receiving an undisclosed amount of money from Mastercard and ACPL, a biometric solutions provider. Syntizen is based in Hyderabad, India, and plans to use the funds to improve its products and fuel its domestic and global expansion.   “Mastercard’s investment is…

India Plans to Open Bidding for Massive Face Recognition Surveillance System

India Plans to Open Bidding for Massive Face Recognition Surveillance System

India is moving forward with plans to set up a massive facial recognition surveillance scheme. The proposed system would centralize biometric data from multiple national databases, and would gather new data through a network of facial recognition cameras that would be set up throughout the country. Officials are hoping that the new system will help…

UIDAI Lets Indian Citizens Update Aadhaar Profile with Only an Aadhaar Card

UIDAI Lets Indian Citizens Update Aadhaar Profile with Only an Aadhaar Card

Aadhaar is rapidly eclipsing other forms of identity in India. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) took to Twitter to announce that Aadhaar cardholders no longer need any other documents when updating some of their personal information. Instead, Indian citizens can simply bring their Aadhaar card to any Aadhaar Seva Kendra center, where they…

Facebook Asks Indian Supreme Court to Decide on Aadhaar Privacy Issue

Facebook Asks Indian Supreme Court to Decide on Aadhaar Privacy Issue

“This is largely in relation to the WhatsApp messaging app owned by Facebook, through which information deemed to be a public threat can be promulgated.” Facebook wants India’s Supreme Court to decide whether it can be compelled to share users’ Aadhaar information with law enforcement authorities. The company is facing similar lawsuits in four different…

Aadhaar Payment System Clears 200 Million Financial Transactions

Aadhaar Payment System Clears 200 Million Financial Transactions

The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) is celebrating a major Aadhaar milestone after revealing that the Aadhaar-enabled Payment System (AePS) has now been used for more than 200 million transactions. The AePS crossed the 200 million threshold sometime in the past month, with more than 66 million Indian citizens using the service in July…

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