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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…

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…

Maharashtra Considers Safran, NEC Bids for Biometric Criminal Registration System

Maharashtra Considers Safran, NEC Bids for Biometric Criminal Registration System

State authorities in Maharashtra, India, are preparing to implement biometric identification of criminals, and Safran Identity & Security and NEC are in the running to provide the needed technology, reports The Indian Express. The Automatic Multi-modal Biometric Identification System (AMBIS) will employ fingerprint, facial, and iris recognition, allowing state law enforcement officials to check criminals’ biometric…

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…

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,…

New Payments System to Let Indian Citizens Pay with Their Fingers

New Payments System to Let Indian Citizens Pay with Their Fingers

Indian citizens will soon be able to pay for goods and services using only their fingerprints. Elaborating on a program initially announced earlier this month, the country’s Minister of Information Technology (and Law and Justice), Ravi Shankar Prasad, has announced that the government is stepping up efforts to promote payments via Aadhaar, the country’s national…

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…

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…

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…

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