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Philippines President Gives Go-Ahead to Biometric ID Program

Philippines President Gives Go-Ahead to Biometric ID Program

“…the ID program could have additional applications in areas like driver licenses, passports, health insurance, and criminal investigation.” The President of the Philippines has given the go-ahead to a planned biometric ID program for the country, reports Manila Bulletin. President Duterte has approved the allocation of 2 billion PHP for the Philippine Statistics Authority to…

Indian Supreme Court Faces Thorny Privacy Question Over Aadhaar

Indian Supreme Court Faces Thorny Privacy Question Over Aadhaar

India’s Supreme Court has entered hearings on a case that will determine whether citizens have a fundamental right to privacy. The case was launched in response to the expansion of Aadhaar, India’s pioneering biometric national ID program. Like any other national ID, Aadhaar includes key biographic data, but it also adds fingerprint and iris biometrics,…

Airbnb, Uber, Ola Considering Aadhaar Integrations: Report

Airbnb, Uber, Ola Considering Aadhaar Integrations: Report

Uber, India-based ride-hailing service Ola, and Airbnb are considering implementing Aadhaar authentication for their service providers, reports BuzzFeed. Administrated by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), Aadhaar is, of course, the world’s most ambitious biometric ID program, enabling various government and private sector organizations in India to use biometric data to confirm the identities…

UNHCR Reiterates Support for Biometric Registration of Refugees After Bangladesh Visit

UNHCR Reiterates Support for Biometric Registration of Refugees After Bangladesh Visit

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) continues to promote biometric solutions for the management of refugee populations with UNHCR head Filippo Grandi’s recent visit to a refugee camp in Bangladesh. Bangladeshi authorities are working to help Rohingya Muslims who have fled nearby Myanmar, where they have faced persecution. Reporting on his meeting with…

BRIEF: Meet Aadhaar, the World’s Most Ambitious National ID Program

BRIEF: Meet Aadhaar, the World’s Most Ambitious National ID Program

India’s Aadhaar is the world’s most ambitious national ID program. It’s affiliated with a larger, ongoing initiative called Digital India, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched in 2015 to help push India towards a more digital economy; and it’s administrated by the Unique Identification Authority of India, or UIDAI, a government agency that predates the…

Indian Gov’t Launches Mobile Version of National Biometric ID

Indian Gov’t Launches Mobile Version of National Biometric ID

The Unique Identification Authority of India has launched a mobile app for the country’s national biometric ID program. The mAadhaar app is essentially a mobile version of an Aadhaar card, containing the same biographic and biometric information. It can only be downloaded to the same SIM card registered with a given user’s Aadhaar, and it…

Philippines Authorities Prepare for National Biometric ID Program

Philippines Authorities Prepare for National Biometric ID Program

The Philippines’ Department of Finance is preparing the way for the implementation of a national biometric ID program. As The Philippine Star reports, the DOF has allocated 2 billion PHP for the program’s rollout next year. The new national ID program will incorporate biometric data, which will be used to determine individual citizens’ entitlements to…

Confused Messaging on Israeli Biometric IDs Leads to Delays at Airport, Ministry Offices

Confused Messaging on Israeli Biometric IDs Leads to Delays at Airport, Ministry Offices

Israel’s implementation of a national biometric ID program is causing serious delays at the country’s main airport, reports Haaretz. Israel’s legislature, the Knesset, approved the implementation of the biometric ID program earlier this year amid some controversy, with the law coming into effect on June 1st. As Haaretz reports, travelers arriving at Ben-Gurion Airport have…

UPI Upgrade Could Boost Aadhaar Pay in India

UPI Upgrade Could Boost Aadhaar Pay in India

An upgrade to India’s Unified Payment Interface (UPI) platform is expected to feature enhanced support for biometrics and preauthorized transactions, reports The Economic Times. Administrated by the National Payments Corporation of India, the UPI is a payments platform designed to facilitate electronic payments between different bank accounts via mobile devices; Samsung, seeking to boost its…

BRIEF: How Biometric Tech is Helping Refugees

BRIEF: How Biometric Tech is Helping Refugees

It’s World Refugee Day, a time to bring focused attention to a complex issue that is increasingly in the news. According to the UNHCR, the UN agency most directly concerned with refugee issues, one in every 113 people in the world are refugees from war or political violence, with an estimated total of 65 million…

ID2020 Supporters Create Identity Solution Based on Blockchain, Biometrics

ID2020 Supporters Create Identity Solution Based on Blockchain, Biometrics

“Essentially, it’s meant to offer a means of identifying registered individuals by their biometric traits, without unnecessarily revealing other personal information, with trusted parties to the blockchain system assuring credibility.” ID2020 held its Platform for Change Summit at the United Nations today, with Accenture, Microsoft, and Avanade showcasing a new identity platform based on blockchain…

India’s Supreme Court Allows Gov’t to Link Aadhaar to Taxes, with Exceptions

India’s Supreme Court Allows Gov’t to Link Aadhaar to Taxes, with Exceptions

India’s Supreme Court has weighed in on the government’s controversial plan to link tax filing to Aadhaar, the country’s national biometric ID program. The central government had sought to link Aadhaar to the Permanent Account Number (PAN) cards that are currently used to file taxes, arguing that they are highly vulnerable to fraud on their…

Gemalto Develops Biometric ePassport for East Timor

Gemalto Develops Biometric ePassport for East Timor

Gemalto has developed a new biometric ePassport solution for the government of East Timor, the company has announced. The passport solution allows government officials to register citizens’ fingerprints at designated offices and embassies, and the passports themselves feature embedded microprocessors enabling contactless scanning. In a statement announcing the collaboration, Gemalto suggested that it’s part of…

UN Official Lauds Benefits of Biometrics in Fight Against Statelessness

UN Official Lauds Benefits of Biometrics in Fight Against Statelessness

Biometric identification is helping to combat statelessness in Africa, with a United Nations official lauding such efforts in a recent speech. Speaking at the Regional Ministerial-level Meeting on Statelessness in West Africa, the UNHCR Regional Representative for West Africa and Regional Refugee Coordinator for Nigeria Situation, Liz Kpam Ahua, asserted that over a million people…

UIDAI Employee Investigated Over Bogus Aadhaar Account

UIDAI Employee Investigated Over Bogus Aadhaar Account

“The bogus identity used the name Osama bin Laden and featured a blurry photo of the former terrorist leader, who was killed by American special forces in 2011.” An employee of the Unique Identification Authority of India is under investigation by police officials for attempting to create a fraudulent identity in Aadhaar, the country’s national…

Gemalto, Veridos to Provide eID Cards to Fight Fraud in Macau

Gemalto, Veridos to Provide eID Cards to Fight Fraud in Macau

Gemalto and Veridos have been contracted to provide contactless eID cards to the Macau government. The agreement will see Gemalto provide the physical cards, while Veridos will bring operating system software to the table. The cards will come with enhanced security features such as special design components that can only been under UV light. In…

Delta ID Pushes for Iris-Based Aadhaar Authentication

Delta ID Pushes for Iris-Based Aadhaar Authentication

“Just as mobile fingerprint scanning started on high-end devices from Apple and quickly spread to cheaper smartphones, many expect the same pattern to unfold with respect to mobile iris scanning.” With excitement building over smartphone iris scanning, Delta ID is seeking to pioneer the technology’s use with Aadhaar, India’s national biometric ID program. As the…

INTERVIEW: Mohammed Murad, Vice President, Iris ID

FindBiometrics President Peter O’Neill recently spoke with Mohammed Murad, Vice President, Global Sales, Marketing and Business Development, Iris ID. The conversation begins with talk of Iris ID’s presence at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and how iris recognition is gaining a great deal of momentum in mobility, finance, and other popular markets. Talk then turns…

News Roundup: A Week for Behavioral Biometrics, Fingerprints & Anti-Spoofing

News Roundup: A Week for Behavioral Biometrics, Fingerprints & Anti-Spoofing

Last week at FindBiometrics Behavioral Biometrics Month continued as we examined the anti-malware applications of the burgeoning modality. Fingerprints and facial recognition made up the bulk of the industry news, while the headlines were rounded out with stories about national ID, border control, and anti-spoofing innovation. Here is a look back on last week’s top…

Indian Tax Agency Says Certain Bank Accounts Must be Linked to Aadhaar

Indian Tax Agency Says Certain Bank Accounts Must be Linked to Aadhaar

The Indian government’s tax agency has announced that individuals who opened bank accounts between July of 2014 and August of 2015 will need to link their accounts to their Aadhaar numbers. The move represents another significant expansion of India’s biometric national ID program which is increasingly being used for authentication in the country’s financial services…

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