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

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

Biometric Update named “official journalist” for 2017 ID4Africa event

ID4Africa announced today that it has selected BiometricUpdate.com as the “official journalist” for its 2017 annual meeting, to be held April 26-28, 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia. The three-day event is the third annual government meeting of the ID4Africa movement and the second time that Biometric Update has been named as the “official journalist” of the event. ID4Africa was co-founded by the Asia Pacific Smart Card Association (APSCA) and Identity Counsel International (ICI) to promote the transparent and responsible adoption of

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

Ghana aims to issue 27M biometric ID cards in next year

Despite current logistical challenges, Ghana’s newly appointed National Identification Authority (NIA) CEO told the The Ghanaian Times this week that he is working towards carrying out his mandate to coordinate and supervise the registration and issuance of national biometric identification cards to 27 million citizens within a year. NIA CEO, Professor Ken Agyemang Attafuah, also a senior law lecturer at the Central University College, said he believed the challenges were not unsurmountable. Two weeks ago the Office of the President

Malawi rolling out national ID project, introducing biometric voter registry for 2019 elections

In an effort to conduct trouble-free elections, the Chairperson of the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) revealed that a biometrics-based voter registry will be used, with data provided by the National Registration Bureau (NRB). MEC will collaborate with NRB during voter registration to build the electoral roll from the National ID database rather than conducting a biometric voter registration process on its own. The Nyasa Times reported that MEC Chairperson Justice Jane Ansah said, “We are working with National Registration Bureau.

Indian government may allow citizens to use Aadhaar ID for income tax return

The Indian government is considering introducing a new option that would allow individuals who do not have a Permanent Account Number (PAN) card to use an Aadhaar card, according to Economic Times. The Ratan Watal panel report on promoting digital payments recommended that the government follow the practices of developed countries, such as the United States, in order to increase its tax base. “The committee studied that in countries like the USA, the tax return can be filed with social

Trump’s executive order on immigration addresses biometric entry-exit tracking system

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday which includes a series of initiatives to address immigration, including a proposal to establish a national biometric ID program for non-citizens entering and leaving the U.S., according to a report by Payments Source. According to a draft executive order leaked to civil rights advocates and obtained by The Washington Post, one of the measures of the executive order calls for an “Expedited Completion of Biometric Entry-Exit Tracking System”. Section 8 of the

UNHCR, EU working with Chad on biometrics registration program for refugees

UNHCR and the European Union is working in Chad to help children of refugees fleeing war to receive ID cards. The UN agency, in conjunction with the EU, is helping Chad implement a biometric registration and nationality verification program to support returnees and prevent statelessness. Implemented by local Chadian authorities in collaboration with UNHCR and its partners, the program is slated to expand throughout southern Chad, where 11,000 people need official documentation. So far, more than 6,000 returnees have been

Bangladesh begins issuing biometric national ID cards

The Bangladesh government is issuing national ID cards with biometric details to citizens this week following the inauguration of the Election Commission (EC), according to a report by bdnews24.com. President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina were among the first to receive their new NID cards with biometric information, along with citizens at Dhaka’s Uttara and Ramna after enrolling their fingerprints and iris impressions at two camps. Chief election commissioner Kazi Rakib Uddin Ahmad has commenced the distribution