Aadhaar authentication devices will have to comply with new encryption standards

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the governing agency in charge of Aadhaar, will make it mandatory for all devices using Aadhaar authentication to comply with its new encryption standards, according to a report by The Economic Times. The new rule is intended to provide an extra security layer to the hardware as the country transitions to biometrics-based digital payment system. “We have recently come out with new specifications and asked manufacturers and vendors to go for STQC certification as

Aadhaar program wins World Bank praise

Paul Romer, Chief Economist at the World Bank, told Bloomberg that India’s Aadhaar scheme is tremendously effective and should be emulated around the world. According to a report by Bloomberg, Romer said: “The system in India is the most sophisticated that I’ve seen. It is the basis for all kinds of connections that involve things like financial transactions. It could be good for the world if this became widely adopted.” While other countries are also looking at similar programs, research

Biometrics-enabled e-boarding trial completed at Bengaluru airport

An e-boarding pilot, powered by Safran Identity & Security’s MorphoWave touchless biometric technology deployed in a fully operational environment, has been successfully completed at Southern India’s busiest airport, Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru (BLR). The process throughput was developed and designed together with Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), the operator of the BLR Airport, in accordance with the Indian Aviation Security Policies. It is based on real-time biometric authentication of passengers using their Aadhaar ID. Passengers are able to complete

IDFC Bank moves forward with Aadhaar Pay app

IDFC Bank Ltd. has launched the very first Aadhaar Pay merchant platform and mobile application for Google smartphones. IDFC Bank is an Indian banking company with headquarters in Mumbai that forms part of IDFC, an integrated infrastructure finance company. The digital payment platform allows customers to make retail purchases without having to use plastic cards or mobile phones. Any Indian merchant that utilizes the application can enable their customers to make payments through the provision of only their Aadhaar number

UIDAI raising authentication capacity

The Unique Identification Authority of India, the governing agency in charge of Aadhaar, is acquiring new hardware to raise its authentication capacity to 100 million transactions a day, according to a report by the Economic Times. “Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is in process of procurement of necessary hardware for enhancing its authentication capacity to 10 crore transactions a day,” P.P. Chaudhary, Minister of State for Electronics and IT, told Parliament in a response to an inquiry about how

UIDAI says Aadhaar database is fully secure, no incidents of biometrics misuse

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the governing agency in charge of Aadhaar, announced that they have not found any cases of misuse of Aadhaar biometrics resulting in identity theft and financial loss during the more than 40 billion Aadhaar authenticated transactions that were processed over the past five years, according to a report by Business Today. The authority also read through various reports and confirmed that there has never been a breach to UIDAI’s Aadhaar database, and emphasized

UIDAI lodges complaints due to inappropriate Aadhaar data use

According to an article published in the Times of India, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has lodged criminal complaints with the Delhi Police against three firms for illegal use of Aadhaar biometric data. The firms under investigation include: Axis Bank, Suvidhaa Infoserve and eMudhra. The newspaper notes that the complaints were filed after UIDAI detected exact biometric matches in multiple consecutive transactions which the authority said was not possible without biometrics being stored in an unauthorized manner. UIDAI

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