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

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

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

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

Safran, FotoNation bring advanced iris recognition to mobile device users

Safran Identity & Security and Tessera Holding Corporation, through its wholly owned subsidiary FotoNation Limited, have partnered to provide an advanced iris authentication solution for mobile devices in the Indian market. The companies will provide a joint mobile iris recognition solution called BioNetra as the result of a cross-license of Safran Identity & Security’s and FotoNation’s relevant patented iris capture, recognition and control technologies. BioNetra will accurately verify the mobile user’s identity under a wide range of lighting and environmental

DCB Bank to introduce iris scans for Aadhaar authentication

Indian financial institution DCB Bank will soon introduce a new feature at all its branches which enables Aadhaar-registered customers to perform transactions by scanning their iris,, according to a report by Economic Times. The bank recently completed a three-week pilot program at 10 branches in rural or semi-urban areas in which it processed about 200 accounts. This included 100 new pre-opened accounts, which took the bank about a day to map the customer’s iris biometric details to a particular account.

Safran Identity & Security combines Mobile Connect authentication platform with Aadhaar

Safran Identity & Security and Indian mobile operator Aircel partnered to combine GSMA Mobile Connect, a password-free, trusted and secure log-in solution, with the biometric verification capability of Aadhaar. Indian citizens are issued Aadhaar’s unique 12-digit identification number by registering their two iris scans, 10 fingerprints and facial biometric data. Safran’s biometrically-enhanced Mobile Connect enables end users to remotely complete their self-registration, then login to websites and applications without the use of passwords or usernames. The solution matches the user

Indian government may allow citizens to use Aadhaar ID for income tax return

The Indian government is considering introducing a new option that would allow individuals who do not have a Permanent Account Number (PAN) card to use an Aadhaar card, according to Economic Times. The Ratan Watal panel report on promoting digital payments recommended that the government follow the practices of developed countries, such as the United States, in order to increase its tax base. “The committee studied that in countries like the USA, the tax return can be filed with social

India to make UIDAI registration mandatory for all Aadhaar authentication devices

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the government agency in charge of Aadhaar, is expected to make it mandatory for manufacturers to embed the Aadhaar encryption key into biometric devices using Aadhaar authentication, according to a report by the Business Standard. Although all current Aadhaar-connected mobile devices are STQC certified, embedding UIDAI‘s encryption key into the devices will provide an additional layer of security to the hardware as biometric-based digital payments become more prevalent throughout the country. Amitabh Kant, National

India working to replace cash with biometric e-payment

The chief executive of India’s leading economic development agency told attendees at the World Economic Forum in Davos that the country could introduce biometric payments within three years, thereby eliminating the need for cash and typical electronic payment methods, including: automated teller machines, along with debit and credit cards. Amitabh Kant, National Institution for Transforming India, was quoted in a CNN news affiliate report as saying that such now commonplace e-payment methods may be “totally redundant” by 2020. According to