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

India moves to make Aadhaar-based authentication mandatory for real estate deals

In an effort to combat fraudulent transactions and the use of black market money in real estate agreements, the Indian government is planning to make Aadhaar-based authentication mandatory when signing documents such as agreement for sale, power of attorney and will, according to a report by The Indian Express. The government has also established plans to enable electronic registration of properties, for which Aadhaar authentication will be a necessary requirement According to sources, the government plans to amend Sections 32 and 32A

Police suspect user agency insiders responsible for Aadhaar data leak

Indian police and Aadhaar officials suspect that insiders at an authentication user agency (AUA) and a KYC user agency (KUA) are responsible for last week’s Aadhaar data leak, according to sources cited in a report by Deccan Herald. On July 29, the case was transferred from High Grounds police station to the cyber crime police station. The leak was discovered when an app offered e-KYC (know your customer) certificates, allegedly by accessing an Aadhaar database without authorization. The Unique Identification

India’s Supreme Court hears Aadhaar biometric ID privacy case

India’s Supreme Court is trying to determine whether citizens are entitled to privacy as a fundamental right in a case that could greatly impact the nation’s Aadhaar 12-digit biometric identity program and several global technology firms, according to a report by Bloomberg. The government’s legal basis of the Aadhaar program has been met with a huge backlash from activists, lawyers and politicians alike, with the Supreme Court in New Delhi tasked with assessing whether the system should be eliminated or

This week in biometrics industry stocks

As the biometrics industry continues to grow Biometric Update is bringing a new focus to the stories around the stocks in the sector. Check in with this space each Friday for a rundown of the financial news and interesting ideas from the week that was. -BIO-Key International is having a good spring and summer. The company announced this week it received orders from ten healthcare organizations for fingerprint readers. The orders come from hospitals, eye care centers, medical device manufacturers,

Sharing economy to leverage Aadhaar

Two major proponents of the sharing economy, Airbnb and Uber, are considering using the Aadhaar biometric identification database to authenticate their respective users in India. 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 which captures all the demographic and biometric details of every Indian resident. At last count, over 1.1 billion people out of India’s population of 1.27 billion have

India’s Supreme Court to hear petitions on Aadhaar next week

India’s five-judge Supreme Court bench will hear several petitions challenging the legality of the Aadhaar project, said Chief Justice of India JS Khehar, according to a report by The Economic Times. The hearing, which will begin on July 18, will determine whether the mandatory nature of the program is an infringement on citizen privacy rights. 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

UIDAI declining multiple requests by police to share Indian citizens’ biometrics

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the governing agency in charge of Aadhaar, has declined multiple requests from all law enforcement agencies, including the Delhi Police, for biometrics of citizens for criminal investigations, according to a report by The Indian Express. Investigating agencies such as CBI and NIA have been repeatedly requesting the details of Aadhaar cardholders including their biometrics, UIDAI said. UIDAI Deputy Director General Rajesh Kumar Singh has written to the heads of each agency, ordering them

Indian government facing privacy challenges regarding Aadhaar

The Hindu ran a recent op-ed piece in which writer Sanjay Hegdet called on the Chief Justice of India to establish the larger Bench to assess privacy challenges to Aadhaar, a 12-digit unique identity number based on collected biometric information. Last week, the Union government made it mandatory to link the Aadhaar number with the permanent account number (PAN) of a person, which would be effective starting July 1. India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley made Aadhaar mandatory for the filing

India’s mobile payments interface to include pre-authorized payments, biometrics

National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) Ltd. plans to launch an update to its Unified Payments Interface (UPI) system later this year. NPCI launched UPI in April 2016 with the aim of becoming a universal platform that would allow consumers to make payments using their mobile phone, without the need for downloading an app to send or receive money, thereby eliminating the need for e-wallets. The payments firm notes that since its introduction, UPI has experienced a growth rate of