Amazon under fire for requesting Aadhaar numbers

Amazon customers in India attempting to track lost packages are being asked to provide their Aadhaar numbers as proof of identity by the company’s customer care representatives, which critics contend could lead to privacy issues, the Economic Times reports. Aadhaar numbers are meant and used for access to government programs and regulated services, such as telecom and financial services, but their use by private companies is contentious, and the degree of secrecy that individuals should treat Aadhaar numbers with is

Eyedentify vehicle safety system leverages biometrics

Indian IoT startup Eyedentify is preparing to launch a vehicle occupant security product which leverages biometrics and applies algorithms to audio recordings to improve the safety of taxi and commercial vehicle drivers and passengers. Authorized drivers are biometrically enrolled, and the system verifies the driver’s identity before allowing the engine to start, The Economic Times reports. Other features include video recording and transmission, vehicle impact recognition, and strategically placed panic buttons. The company is currently running pilot projects, and says

Online publication of Aadhaar info not a security breach, UIDAI says

Media reports suggesting sensitive Aadhaar data has been breached are an inaccurate representation of fact, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said in a statement issued Monday by India’s Ministry of Electronics and IT. Numerous media outlets reported last week that approximately 210 government websites had published personal information related to Aadhaar registrants, following a proactive disclosure by UIDAI under the RTI (Right to Information) Act. While the details were published, UIDAI says the data is public information, and

India updating ATMs to include facial recognition tech

India’s Automated teller machines (ATMs) will be replaced in the next three to four months with new multi-function biometric-enabled machines, according to a report by NCR Corporation said that bank ATMs will be replaced with new machines that have biometric face recognition features, which will improve the overall security. As a global leader in omnichannel solutions, NCR Corporation has a 50 percent ATM market share in India. The company’s Hyderabad-based R&D center develops Interactive Teller ATM and EMV contactless

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Mobile Payment Forum of India to intro voice authentication

The Mobile Payment Forum of India (MPFI), a think tank, is looking to introduce several new user-friendly features such as voice biometrics authentication, according to a report by The Economic Times. As part of a joint initiative of the Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology, Hyderabad and Rural Technology Business Incubator, IIT Madras, the think tank strives “to enable mobile payments and financial services through secure, efficient and low-cost transactions.” MPFI helped develop interoperability and security standards for

Petition says linking Aadhaar with bank accounts violates right to privacy

A new petition has been filed against Aadhaar in India’s Supreme Court, challenging Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) decision to link the 12-digit biometric identity number to bank accounts on grounds that it violates the right to privacy, according to a report by Inc42. The petition, filed by Kalyani Menon Sen, comes a day after RBI announced that linking of bank accounts with Aadhaar is now mandatory under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. “The government has

UIDAI chairman says Aadhaar helped government save $9B

Nandan Nilekani, the first chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), said that the Aadhaar Card system helped save India $9 billion by curbing cases of misuse of beneficiary welfare schemes, according to a report by Little India. “By having a unique number, you eliminate fakes and duplicates from your beneficiary and employee lists. That alone has saved the government $9 billion,” Nilekani said at a World Bank panel discussion on “Digital Economy for Development” in Washington. “It

Bengaluru’s KIA will be first fully Aadhaar-enabled airport in India

Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) is set to become the first Aadhaar-enabled airport in India by 2018, according to a report by The Economic Times. Following a two-month pilot project in February, Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) has given the greenlight to make KIA fully compliant with Aadhaaar-enabled entry and biometric boarding system. KIA is expected to be completely Aadhar enabled by December 2018, which is a part of the airport’s initiative to become a Smart Airport. Passengers will be

Report claims UIDAI executives part of private firms profiting from Aadhaar

Current and past employees of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the governing body for Aadhaar, are launching private firms or funding start-ups that are selling Aadhaar-based services and products. According to a report by The Indian Express, the practice is raising concerns regarding propriety and conflict of interest. For instance, former UIDAI chief product managers Vivek Raghavan (who is on a sabbatical with a tenure until the end of February 2018) and Sanjay Jain, as well as former