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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…

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…

InFocus’ Iris Scanning Smartphone Gets Approval for Aadhaar

InFocus’ Iris Scanning Smartphone Gets Approval for Aadhaar

Oregon-based InFocus is preparing to launch an iris-scanning smartphone compatible with India’s Aadhaar biometric national ID program. The as yet unnamed smartphone has just received certification from India’s Standardization Testing & Quality Certification (STQC) authority confirming its use for Aadhaar, the biggest and most ambitious biometric national ID program in the world. With Aadhaar used…

New Legislation to Make Biometric Registration Mandatory for Israelis

New Legislation to Make Biometric Registration Mandatory for Israelis

Israel’s Interior Minister is following through on his promise to make enrollment in a national biometric database mandatory. Minister Arye Dery first announced the measure this past summer, when he said that anyone applying for a government ID would have to register. Now, he has put forward a memorandum asserting that all citizens must register,…

French Gov’t Orders Creation of National Biometric Database

French Gov’t Orders Creation of National Biometric Database

The French government has introduced a new executive order mandating the creation of a national biometric ID database, reports Ars Technica UK. The system will contain standard biographic information of French citizens as well as the biometric data contained on citizens’ passports and identity cards, though it won’t contain the biometric data of children under…

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…

All Turkish Citizens Must Obtain Biometric Passports by End of Year

All Turkish Citizens Must Obtain Biometric Passports by End of Year

Turkish authorities are finally ready to start issuing biometric passports to citizens. The plan was initially to issue them alongside new biometric ID cards, but the passport project has evidently met with some delays. It’s part of an effort to comply with European Union requirements pertaining to free travel between states in the Schengen zone,…

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…

UIDAI Seeks to Ensure None Left Behind in Aadhaar Campaign

UIDAI Seeks to Ensure None Left Behind in Aadhaar Campaign

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is working to ensure that no one is left behind when it comes to registration in the nation’s biometric ID program, Aadhaar. Earlier this month, the UIDAI launched a campaign to register any last voters in 22 states in which Aadhaar registration has already reached virtually 100 percent. Any…

News Roundup: Experts on Biometrics and Mobility

News Roundup: Experts on Biometrics and Mobility

Last week at FindBiometrics we took a look at what to expect from the upcoming Samsung SDS America biometrics and mobility FinServe webinar while Fingerprint Cards made big headlines, national ID projects were in the news, and information started to surface about the upcoming Money20/20 conference. Here is a look back on the top stories…

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,…

Safran Reaches 10M-Mark in eID Issuance in Chile

Safran Reaches 10M-Mark in eID Issuance in Chile

Safran has reached a significant milestone in one of its long-term identity projects. The company has announced that it has now delivered 10 million electronic ID cards in Chile. It’s part of a 10-year contract that the company won in 2012. The company is tasked with managing the distribution of its eID cards, which authorities are…

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