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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…

News Roundup: Fingerprints Are All Over MWC 2017

News Roundup: Fingerprints Are All Over MWC 2017

Last week FindBiometrics was reporting live from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (MWC 2017), along with our sister site Mobile ID World. The conference was filled to the brim with big fingerprint biometrics news, while elsewhere in the industry we reported on national ID, enterprise applications, and contactless modalities. Take a look back on the…

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,…

Israeli Legislature Passes Biometric ID Law

Israeli Legislature Passes Biometric ID Law

“While the country’s biometric smart cards will need to include citizens’ facial and fingerprint data, the latter no longer needs to be submitted to a national database, though individuals who opt out will need to renew their IDs twice as often.” Israel’s legislature has approved a new law that will make registration in a national biometric…

News Roundup: Preparing For MWC 2017

News Roundup: Preparing For MWC 2017

Last week at FindBiometrics we continued our month-long examination of healthcare biometrics as the industry prepared to head to Barcelona for this week’s Mobile World Congress where we will be reporting live coverage. The industry news featured its share of privacy-focused headlines, in the meantime, while stories on fingerprint biometrics, facial recognition, and national ID rounded out…

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…

News Roundup: Aadhaar Versus Fraud

News Roundup: Aadhaar Versus Fraud

Last week at FindBiometrics Healthcare Biometrics Month continued as we took a look at how strong authentication and identity management can be applied outside of the realm of patient ID. The industry news, meanwhile, was filled with border control, FinTech, and automotive biometrics, while India’s government made moves to address Aadhaar fraud. Here is a look…

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…

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…

Safran, FotoNation Team to Offer Aadhaar-Ready Mobile Iris Scanning

Safran, FotoNation Team to Offer Aadhaar-Ready Mobile Iris Scanning

Safran Identity & Security has teamed up with FotoNation to offer a biometric identity solution compatible with India’s massive national ID program, Aadhaar. While FotoNation’s mobile authentication system launched last autumn featured both facial and iris recognition, the companies’ new offering, called BioNetra, will focus on the latter modality, with a statement announcing the partnership…

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,…

News Roundup: The Impending Death of the Password

News Roundup: The Impending Death of the Password

Last week at FindBiometrics we continued to unpack our Year in Review 2016 results—looking at the most interesting modalities and the impending death of the password—while biometric elections, innovations in mobility, and advanced security made up the bulk of the headlines. Here is a look back on last week’s top stories in global identity management:…

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,…

Refugees in Chad Benefit from Biometric IDs

Refugees in Chad Benefit from Biometric IDs

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is now working with government authorities in Chad to register stateless refugees in an identity program that uses biometrics to ensure such individuals have official and reliable identification. It’s an important effort in Chad, which has seen an influx of refugees from war-torn neighbour the Central African Republic.…

Indian Gov’t Negotiating with Banks on Aadhaar Payments Incentive Program

Indian Gov’t Negotiating with Banks on Aadhaar Payments Incentive Program

The Unique Identification Authority of India is working with banks in the country to establish incentive programs to get shopkeepers in rural areas to start accepting Aadhaar-enabled payments, reports Deccan Herald. Aadhaar is, of course, the country’s national biometric ID system, which is expanding to more and more applications, with the vast majority of the country’s…

Aadhaar Expands to Rural Worker Subsidy Program

Aadhaar Expands to Rural Worker Subsidy Program

India’s national biometric ID program continues to expand in the country, with a new government directive requiring rural workers to register via Aadhaar in order to continue receiving subsidies. The directive applies to workers receiving government subsidies through the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, or MGNREGS, which helps to ensure an income for…

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