India postpones PM’s plans to link Aadhaar to taxes

India’s Supreme Court said in a ruling that citizens cannot be forced to enroll for Aadhaar — a 12-digit unique identity number based on collected biometric information — to file tax returns, which could derail Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plans to transition to a cashless economy, according to a report by Bloomberg. The Supreme Court partially stayed a law that made the Aadhaar card mandatory for filing returns or for obtaining a 10-digit alphanumeric code the Income Tax Department issues

UIDAI extends deadline for new security key for biometric authentication devices

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the governing agency in charge of Aadhaar, has given a four-month extension to manufacturers and user agencies to comply with the new encryption requirements for biometric authentication devices as well as implemented a strict fine for those organizations that fail to comply by July 31, according to a report by Money Control. The authority originally set a June 1st deadline for manufacturers, banks and telcos to comply with the new requirements, but they will

Study finds India leading world in biometric technology adoption

HSBC published a new research report entitled ‘Trust in Technology’, which found that people in Asia and the Middle East are ahead of Western countries when it comes to the adoption of biometric technologies due to greater understanding and optimism instilling more trust, according to a report by Tech Observer. Based on a survey of more than 12,000 people in 11 countries, the report found that trust and adoption of new technology varies greatly around the world with the Eastern

Indian government makes biometrics mandatory for e-projects

The Indian government has made biometrics a mandatory consideration for all electronic government projects. In recently issued guidance notes for e-government implementation, consultant procurement and private/public partnerships, the central government has stated that it will encourage RFP applicant contractors to utilize biometric standards. Biometric standards include: fingerprint images, minutiae, face images and iris data. The guidance notes further stated that open source software and APIs are also mandatory, and that proprietary software should only be used in exceptional circumstances. The

FIDO Alliance, DSCI to promote stronger authentication standards in India

The FIDO Alliance has partnered with the Data Security Council of India (DSCI) to launch the FIDO India Working Group in an effort to raise awareness of strong authentication standards and solutions in India. According to the organization, it is crucial to implement “a secure, open, scalable and interoperable set of mechanisms” to decrease the industry’s reliance on passwords while also protecting user privacy. These concepts enable secure authentication practices in finance and other industries, both within and outside the

Scientists develop biometric, solar powered ATM for rural India

India’s Minister of Science & Technology, Harsh Vardhan, announced this week that a team of scientists led by professor Gon Chaudhuri have developed a touch screen, solar powered, biometric ATM for rural areas where the power supply is erratic and literacy is an issue, according to a report by Factor Daily. “It is in its final stage… maybe in the next two to three months it will be ready and certainly we will think of taking this technology out of

Report claims millions of Aadhaar registration and bank numbers compromised

According to the BBC News, a new report published by the Centre for Internet and Society claims that between 130 to 135 million numbers in India’s Aadhaar biometric registry system, and around 100 million bank numbers of pensioners and rural jobs-for-work beneficiaries, have been leaked online by four key government programs. 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

Former chairman of UIDAI honored for economic and business innovation

The man behind the creation of India’s biometric national ID system has been awarded one of this year’s Nikkei Asia Prizes. Nandan Nilekani of India, former chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India, was selected the winner for economic and business innovation. Nilekani led the creation of Aadhaar, the world’s largest biometric national ID system. 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

India’s tax department aiming to link bank accounts to Aadhaar by April 30

India’s tax department announced that all individuals who opened a bank account from July 2014 to August 2015 will have to submit know your customer (KYC) details and their Aadhaar number to banks and financial institutions by the end of the month, according to a report by The Times of 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

Latest Micromax smartphone features Fingerprint Cards touch sensor FPC1035

The recently launched smartphone from Indian OEM Micromax features Fingerprint Cards (FPC) touch sensor FPC1035. In a company statement, FPC noted that this is the first time a Fingerprint Cards solution has been integrated by an Indian OEM. “This is a very strong sign of Fingerprints’ market position and our ability to expand our global reach,” commented Ted Hansson, senior vice president Business Line Mobile at Fingerprint Cards. “India is currently the third largest and the fastest growing smartphone market