Startups leveraging Aadhaar system to develop database and payment solutions

India’s Aadhaar biometric authentication system has provided the foundation for at least nine startups, which are leveraging the system to develop various technologies including database and payment solutions, according to a report by Live Mint. OnGrid (Handy Online Solutions Pvt. Ltd.), which launched in May, is using Aadhaar-based authentication to check the backgrounds of blue-collar workers and ultimately create a database containing information on employee’s past job records, performance ratings, and salary details. “Blue-collar industry has the highest amount of

3M introduces Live Face Identification System

3M has introduced 3M Live Face Identification System, a facial recognition system designed to support public and private security teams tasked with keeping individuals safe. The system, which is both scalable and easily configurable, uses live video to match identities in real time. It automatically recognizes multiple faces simultaneously from live or imported footage in order to identify individual people from dynamic, uncontrolled environments. When the system finds a facial match in the database it immediately notifies any connected desktop

Documents reveal that cyberattack on biometric data could jeopardize security at Canadian borders

Canada Border Services Agency revealed in a new report that a cyberattack on their facial recognition or fingerprints databases could either prevent innocent travellers from entering the country or allow the wrong individuals in, according to a report by The Toronto Star. CBSA officials sent documents to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale last November, emphasizing that they need to “keep pace with emerging security vulnerabilities” to systems controlling which individuals can cross Canadian borders. The documents repeatedly mentioned biometric data

Indian government demands Apple, OEMs adopt Aadhaar for mobile devices

India’s government is demanding that Apple open up its mobile devices and operating system to accommodate its Aadhaar biometric database, according to a recently published article in Patently Apple. According to the article, a few weeks ago, Indian government officials invited executives from Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp., Samsung Electronics Co. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google to a meeting to discuss embedding the Aadhaar system into their technology. While all the other firms attend, Apple did not appear. Apple has been noted

Local U.S. police use of “stop-and-spit” DNA collection unrestrained

According to an article published by ProPublica, over the last decade, collecting DNA from people who are not charged with, or suspected of any particular crime has become an increasingly routine practice for police in smaller cities in Florida, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. An investigation by the independent, Pulitzer-prizing winning, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest found that smaller police forces within those states have been building “databases of their own, often in partnership with

Israeli security report details attempts to obtain fake biometric ID cards

A new Israeli security report submitted to the Knesset has revealed that there have been 999 possible attempts by citizens to obtain fake identity cards or passports by deceiving the biometric database over the last three years, according to a report by Haaretz. The data, which was collected by the authority that manages the biometric database, shows that 662 samples sent by residents to the population bureaus contained the same fingerprint submitted for both the right and left hands. The

Developing countries demonstrate interest in Aadhaar model

According to a recent article published by the Economic Times, the World Bank has approached the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to share its experiences on the implementation of India’s Aadhaar biometric identification scheme with other developing countries. The paper stated that Nigeria was the first country to send a team to India under the World Bank umbrella to study the Aadhaar model. The Economic Times also reported that UIDAI chief executive Ajay Bhushan Pandey said that another team

ACLU against FBI request to access Ohio facial recognition database

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has recommended that the state denies the FBI from accessing its law-enforcement database due to privacy concerns over facial recognition technology, according to a report by AllGov. Public records requests have revealed email exchange between the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and the FBI discussing access to the state’s OHLEG database. In a letter sent Monday to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, the ACLU of Ohio addressed its concerns regarding the FBI’s potential

Bangladesh mobile users only allowed to register 5 SIMs against each NID

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has decreased the maximum number of SIMs that prepaid mobile phone customers can register against their national identity number from 20 SIMs down to just five, according to a report by The Daily Star. Meanwhile, the telecom regulator has not yet placed a limit on post-paid or corporate users, according to an email sent to telecom operators. The Commission previously sent out a notice in June stating that prepaid mobile phone customers could register a

Zimbabwe agency launches biometric database to identify and manage SME’s

The Zimbabwe Chamber of Small and Medium Enterprises (ZCSME) launched a biometric database last week in order to accurately identify and manage SME’s, according to a report by Chronicle. Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises and Cooperative Development Sithembiso Nyoni championed the ZCSME for implementing its own database for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). “This database will not only assist the Chamber but also policy makers, researchers in academia in understanding the nature, size and scope of MSMEs in