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

Indian gov’t says it won’t link Aadhaar to national security databases

The Indian government has stated that it will not link its Aadhaar biometric identification scheme with its national intelligence databases. Ravi Shankar Prasad, India’s Minister of Law and Justice, told the parliament on Monday: “Let me assure the house that Aadhaar’s linking with NATGRID is not there.” 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

India looking to implement Aadhaar-based system for airport check-in

The Indian government has called on IT firm Wipro to develop a plan for implementing Aadhaar-based system to biometrically identify travelers at all airports across the country, according to a report by The Times of India. Wipro is expected to submit the plan by early May, at which point, airports will begin the process of identifying travelers by scanning their thumb biometrics for all for domestic flights. The aviation ministry had been contemplating on the possibility of linking Aadhaar numbers

88 percent of India’s population is Aadhaar registered

According to an article in ieNation, 88.2% of India has now has been registered under the Aadhaar biometric identity program. 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 been registered in the Aadhaar

Aadhaar to assume social security status in India

According to an article published in the Financial Express, the Indian government is working towards assigning Aadhaar status similar to Social Security in the United States. 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. Currently, over 1.1 billion citizens have biometric IDs across India under the scheme. This