India may deactivate SIM cards not linked to Aadhaar

The Indian government has made it mandatory for citizens to connect their SIM card with Aadhar card before February 2018 in order to prevent the deactivation of their phone number, according to a report by Financial Express. The move comes a week after the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) gave banks until the end of the month to open Aadhaar enrollment centers in 10 percent of branches and will fine Rs 20,000 (US$312) for every uncovered branch after September

Gemalto biometric passports are being used in over 30 different countries

Gemalto announced that its biometric ePassport technologies are currently being used in over 30 different countries, including Algeria, Denmark, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Korea, Morocco, Peru, Portugal, Norway, Singapore, Sweden and the United States. The company highlights the ePassport technologies’ high level of security and the rapid and seamless border crossings they facilitate as key benefits in helping authorities strengthen homeland protection and improve the traveler experience. Gemalto’s success in the field is built on a supply of complete

UIDAI declines privacy activist request for Aadhaar data protection information

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the authority for Aadhaar, have declined Indian privacy activist Vivek Velankar’s request to reveal the names of companies responsible for storing sensitive data as well as the manufacturers of the servers over ‘security reasons’, according to a report by The Times of India. To address data privacy concerns regarding the compulsory Aadhaar registration, Velankar had filed an RTI application asking for the names of the companies storing Aadhaar data, name of the country

Brazil bolsters its biometrics-based citizen database

According to a ZDNet report, the Brazilian Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE) has been granted access to systems maintained by driver registration body Denatran, including the biographical and biometric data of some 60 million citizens. The Brazilian government is looking to create a single citizen database and unified ID card and has a goal to collect biometric information from 140 million citizens by 2020. TSE is responsible for leading the single biometric database efforts. According to TSE president Gilmar Mendes, the

UIDAI to soon fine banks without Aadhaar enrollment centers

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has given banks until the end of the month to open Aadhaar enrollment centers in 10 percent of branches and will fine Rs 20,000 (US$312) for every uncovered branch after September 30, according to a report by Hindustan Times. The UIDAI, the governing agency in charge of Aadhaar, ordered private and public banks in July to open Aadhaar enrolment and updation facility in one out of 10 branches by the end of August.

Legislation struggling with deployment pace of biometric identity systems, says privacy expert

In an article published today in Technology Science, a Harvard-based journal, World Privacy Forum founder Pam Dixon argues that legislation is struggling to keep up with the deployment of biometric identity systems resulting in a high risk to fundamental civil liberties and privacy, particularly in India, but also with serious ramifications in the United States. Europe is also vulnerable to ‘mission-creep’ and risks failing the ‘Do no Harm’ principle. “According to the World Bank, 50 percent of countries with a

India’s ruling that citizens have right to privacy could impact biometric ID plan

India’s Supreme Court has finally ruled citizens have a fundamental right to privacy, which could potentially derail the government’s plan for making registration of its Aadhaar biometric identification program a requirement for all government services, according to a report by Bloomberg. The Supreme Court made the ruling after a month of hearing multiple petitions challenging the legality of the Aadhaar project to determine whether citizens are entitled to privacy as a fundamental right. The nine-judge bench unanimously ruled that privacy

Indian market regulator prepares for making Aadhar mandatory for stock trading

Securities and Exchange Board of India has taken the preliminary steps to making Aadhar mandatory for buying shares and mutual funds, according to a report by Economic Times. The market regulator has requested exchanges for their feedback on how prepared brokers are in getting their clients to send Aadhar card information prior to December 31. BSE asked brokers in a recent pamphlet for their comments on the issue by August 23. Existing clients will have to submit the Aadhar card

MorphoTrust study finds most Americans are ready for mobile biometric driver’s licenses

Radius Global Market Research and MorphoTrust USA have released a new research study which reveals that the majority of the U.S. public is ready for the traditional plastic driver’s license to go mobile. The survey polled nearly 4,000 consumers with a smartphone and have a valid driver’s license or state identification card, ranging in age, gender, region and income across the U.S. The study showed the public’s increased and widespread acceptance for using biometrics, including fingerprints and facial recognition, as

UIDAI tells Supreme Court it’s impossible to track citizens using Aadhaar

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the governing agency in charge of Aadhaar, told India’s Supreme Court that it is nearly impossible to use Aadhaar to track citizens, according to a report by NDTV. The agency said there were several measures implemented in the law and its systems to ensure that the government could not use Aadhaar for surveillance purposes even if it were deemed legal. The agency also suggested that too much was being made of privacy being