national ID

New Aadhaar Legislation Aimed at Protecting Private Sector Use in Wake of Supreme Court Ruling

New Aadhaar Legislation Aimed at Protecting Private Sector Use in Wake of Supreme Court Ruling

“By protecting the use of Aadhaar authentication on a voluntary basis, the central government is seeking to ensure that Aadhaar can still be used for private sector services.” India’s Parliament has passed legislation allowing citizens to voluntarily use Aadhaar as identification when opening new banking or mobile accounts. The bill, called “The Aadhaar and Other…

Yoti Moves Forward with Digital Identity Fellowship Programme

Yoti Moves Forward with Digital Identity Fellowship Programme

Back in April, Yoti launched a Fellowship Programme to help people in the developing world to share their own perspectives on digital identity. The company made an open call for project submissions, vowing to fund three of them to the tune of £30,000. Just over two months later, the applications window is closed and Yoti…

ID4Africa: Tech5 Founder Rahul Parthe on Biometrics, Inclusion and National ID [Audio]

ID4Africa: Tech5 Founder Rahul Parthe on Biometrics, Inclusion and National ID [Audio]

FindBiometrics is in Johannesburg, reporting live from ID4Africa 2019, where the biometrics industry is convening to help realize the future of next-generation identity technology in Africa. All week we will be bringing you live audio interviews recorded on the exhibition floor with biometrics industry experts helping transform identity services across the continent. ID4Africa is above…

HID Global Brings Identity Solutions to ID4Africa

HID Global Brings Identity Solutions to ID4Africa

” HID Global will be showcasing its comprehensive portfolio of identity solutions, which can help raise inclusion for the 500 million people currently without any form of official identification in sub-Saharan Africa.” HID Global is heading to ID4Africa in its effort to reduce the high number of undocumented individuals on the continent. The goal is…

Aadhaar Architect Touts System at Davos

Aadhaar Architect Touts System at Davos

“The comments come after an extensive string of controversies concerning the Aadhaar program.” One of the architects of Aadhaar was putting his strongest spin on the biometric national ID program at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week. Speaking at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, the Infosys Chairman, Nandan Nilekani, insisted that Aadhaar…

Indian Gov’t Seeks to Get Aadhaar Back on Track with Legislation Amendments

Indian Gov’t Seeks to Get Aadhaar Back on Track with Legislation Amendments

“Even if government authorities can’t make Aadhaar authentication mandatory, they can still accept it from citizens who prefer to use it.” Just a few months after a Supreme Court ruling laid out restrictions to how India’s national biometric ID program can be used, the national government has amended legislation governing the Aadhaar program to make…

Government Biometrics Month: The Roundup

Government Biometrics Month: The Roundup

The government biometrics sector never stops growing, and accordingly this has been a very eventful Government Biometrics Month at FindBiometrics. We’ve spent the last four weeks traversing this hugely diverse market area, delivering breaking news, live interviews, and deep analysis. And we capped it all off by attending a major industry event and organizing the…

UIDAI Announces Facial Recognition Requirement for SIM Issuance

UIDAI Announces Facial Recognition Requirement for SIM Issuance

“Effective September 15th, telecoms will need to ensure that at least 10 percent of their authentication transactions through Aadhaar are performed using facial recognition, with shortfalls subject to fines.” The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is preparing to take at least a small step toward the integration of authentication based on facial recognition into…

Apple Patent Describes Biometrically Secured Mobile Passports

Apple Patent Describes Biometrically Secured Mobile Passports

A new Apple patent suggests the company is considering the idea of letting users put their passports into their virtual Apple wallets. As AppleInsider reports, the patent was filed on March 30th, and describes a system in which an electronic device could import credential data from an official piece of ID such as a passport…

Philippine Authorities to Pilot Biometric ID by Year’s End

Philippine Authorities to Pilot Biometric ID by Year’s End

Government authorities in the Philippines are proceeding in their effort to establish a national biometric ID program, with plans to begin issuance in Metro Manila and the Calabarzon region by the year’s end. Announcing the developments in a CNN Philippines interview, Davao City Representative Karlo Nograles referred to these municipal zones as “pilot areas” for…

INTERVIEW: Ritu Favre, CEO, NEXT Biometrics

INTERVIEW: Ritu Favre, CEO, NEXT Biometrics

FindBiometrics President Peter O’Neill recently had the opportunity to speak with Ritu Favre, CEO of NEXT Biometrics. The conversation starts with a review of her first year as the company’s leader and her major accomplishments in the role. The conversation moves on to the major security benefits of NEXT’s large area sensors and the demanding…

Aadhaar Info Cannot Be Shared With Police: UIDAI

Aadhaar Info Cannot Be Shared With Police: UIDAI

The Unique Identification Authority of India has clarified that it cannot share data from the country’s biometric national ID program after the head of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) said such information could be used in criminal investigations. Speaking at the 19th All India Conference of Directors of Finger Prints Bureau, the NCRB chief had…

FIDO Establishes Mutual Liaison Relationship with India PKI Forum

FIDO Establishes Mutual Liaison Relationship with India PKI Forum

An important new partnership could help to significantly extend the reach of FIDO Alliance authentication standards in India. The cross-industry consortium has announced that it has established “a mutual liaison relationship” with India PKI Forum, a non-profit organization under the auspices of the Indian Ministry of Information Technology’s Controller of Certifying Authorities agency. IPKI offers…

Facial Recognition for Aadhaar Delayed

Facial Recognition for Aadhaar Delayed

The Unique Identification Authority of India has delayed its implementation of facial recognition support in Aadhaar, the biometric national ID program it oversees. The support for facial recognition was first announced near the start of this year. It’s aimed at facilitating biometric authentication in ‘fusion mode’ – that is, when both a fingerprint scan and…

UIDAI Lets Citizens Check Aadhaar Update History

UIDAI Lets Citizens Check Aadhaar Update History

Indian citizens can now check their Aadhaar update history online, thanks to a new service from the Unique Identification Authority of India, or UIDAI. Aadhaar is, of course, India’s wide-ranging biometric national ID program, used for all kinds of scenarios, from receiving government subsidies to tracking Amazon deliveries. It’s aimed at offering a reliable and…

NEXT Tech Certified for Aadhaar Use

NEXT Tech Certified for Aadhaar Use

“Looking to next steps, the company says it will begin selling its Scallop 3023-U fingerprint readers for Aadhaar projects later this year, and will sell 2023-U sensor modules designed for use in devices like POS terminals in the first half of 2019.” NEXT Biometrics has received STQC certification for its fingerprint sensor technology, paving the…

Belarusian Authorities Award Biometric ID Contract

Belarusian Authorities Award Biometric ID Contract

Belarus will soon begin issuing new ID cards and biometric passports thanks to a contract awarded to China-based ID solutions provider Emperor Tech and Latvian eID software specialist X Infotech. The companies have been selected to deliver both hardware and software for new ID programs to RUE Cryptotech, a state company overseen by the Belarus…

UIDAI On the Defensive Again Amid Aadhaar Fraud Claims

UIDAI On the Defensive Again Amid Aadhaar Fraud Claims

“This isn’t the first time the UIDAI has sought to publicly defend itself against allegations that it is mishandling or not adequately securing the Aadhaar database, which is now used to authenticate Indian citizens across a wide range of scenarios.” The Unique Identification Authority of India is once again defending its administration of the country’s…

European Commission Proposes Mandatory Fingerprint Data for EU ID Cards

European Commission Proposes Mandatory Fingerprint Data for EU ID Cards

“Like other recent EU regulations including the GDPR and PSD2 requirements, the proposed regulation could be a boon to the region’s biometrics industry, both by establishing a need for compliance solutions, and by strengthening the ties between biometrics and official documentation.” The European Commission has issued a new set of proposals aimed at bolstering security…

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