Microsoft considering using Aadhaar to authenticate Skype users in India

Microsoft is considering using Aadhaar to authenticate users in India of its VoIP phone service Skype, according to a report by The Hindu Business Line. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently met with India’s Minister for Electronics and IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad, to discuss how the technologies used in Digital India projects can benefit the country. The Digital India initiative aims to make government services available to Indian citizens electronically through improved online infrastructure and by increasing Internet connectivity. Microsoft said

Biometric Update named “official journalist” for 2017 ID4Africa event

ID4Africa announced today that it has selected BiometricUpdate.com as the “official journalist” for its 2017 annual meeting, to be held April 26-28, 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia. The three-day event is the third annual government meeting of the ID4Africa movement and the second time that Biometric Update has been named as the “official journalist” of the event. ID4Africa was co-founded by the Asia Pacific Smart Card Association (APSCA) and Identity Counsel International (ICI) to promote the transparent and responsible adoption of

Civil liberties group warns Aadhaar becoming mandatory

The Citizens Forum for Civil Liberties (CFCL) has complained that despite repeated reminders from Indian courts that Aadhaar cannot be made mandatory, government violations continue. According to an article by The Wire, the organization has determined that “in blatant disregard of the Supreme Court’s directions, the finance ministry has communicated a ‘common strategy’ to be adopted by banks to achieve specific targets under Aadhaar” despite the fact that Aadhaar enrolment is supposed to be “free and voluntary”. Aadhaar is the

Safran Identity & Security now exclusive supplier of Vitale health e-cards

Safran Identity & Security has won a six-year contract from the GIE SESAM-Vitale to ensure the development, manufacture and personalization of the “Vitale” French health insurance cards. The GIE SESAM-Vitale is an economic interest group financed by the French statutory mandatory health insurance organizations and the three private complementary health insurance associations. “This new tender integrated for the first time the entire industrial scope, from the Java Card embedded software to the production of customized cards, leaving the bidders free

Ghana aims to issue 27M biometric ID cards in next year

Despite current logistical challenges, Ghana’s newly appointed National Identification Authority (NIA) CEO told the The Ghanaian Times this week that he is working towards carrying out his mandate to coordinate and supervise the registration and issuance of national biometric identification cards to 27 million citizens within a year. NIA CEO, Professor Ken Agyemang Attafuah, also a senior law lecturer at the Central University College, said he believed the challenges were not unsurmountable. Two weeks ago the Office of the President

Privacy advocate notes Aadhaar records are not verified

An Indian MP has claimed that none of the records contained within the Aadhaar database have been verified, according to a report recently published by Mashable. Independent Member of Parliament and privacy advocate, Rajeev Chandrasekhar told Mashable India: “There are two fundamental flaws in Aadhaar: it is poorly designed, and it is being poorly verified. Aadhaar isn’t foolproof, and this has resulted in fake data get into the system. This in turn opens new gateways for money launderers.” Chandrasekhar also

Imprimerie Nationale Group delivers multi-biometric ID documents platform for Republic of Djibouti

In an effort to modernize and harmonize the ID document production and issuance process, the Imprimerie Nationale Group has deployed a multi-biometric ID documents platform for the Republic of Djibouti. This fully scalable multi-ID documents solution allows for the issuance of: biometric passports for Djibouti citizens; resident permit cards for foreigners, and; visas. The biometric ID documents are compliant with the international ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) standards in order to facilitate the travel of Djiboutians throughout the world. They

Jumio releases web and mobile document verification solution

Jumio has released Netverify Document Verification, the industry’s first web and mobile document verification solution. Netverify Document Verification is a seamless, accurate and cost-effective way to scan important documents to provide an extra layer of identity verification. The solution can be used for scanning documents such as utility bills to provide proof of address or bank statements that provide pertinent information such as account balance and account number to help with KYC and AML requirements. Users can scan folded, wrinkled,

Indian public concerned about fingerprint payment scheme

The Guardian is reporting that a prominent think tank has found that the prospect of using fingerprint authentication for everyday payments is raising privacy concerns among the Indian public. The Centre for Internet and Society says that many Indians are concerned about the “privacy implications” of using Aadhaar as a payment scheme. Aadhaar is the 12-digit unique identification number issued by the Indian government to every individual resident of India. The Aadhaar project aims to provide a single, unique identifier

Malawi rolling out national ID project, introducing biometric voter registry for 2019 elections

In an effort to conduct trouble-free elections, the Chairperson of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) revealed that a biometrics-based voter registry will be used, with data provided by the National Registration Bureau (NRB). MEC will collaborate with NRB during voter registration to build the electoral roll from the National ID database rather than conducting a biometric voter registration process on its own. The Nyasa Times reported that MEC Chairperson Justice Jane Ansah said, “We are working with National Registration Bureau.