India pursuing multi-fold expansion of citizen biometric registration scheme

Demonstrating a massive reversal in policy, the coalition government led by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has embraced the massive, expanded use of Aadhaar. Since taking power, the new central government has linked several new projects with the biometric identification scheme. The scheme, a landmark legacy project of India’s long ruling Congress Party, which has provided biometric identification numbers to millions of Indians, was criticized by several Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in the run-up to the national elections. Now

Bill Gates talks biometric identification, banking for emerging countries

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, recently said his foundation was ready to partner with the banking industry to develop affordable digital payments and biometric identity authorization services via mobile phones to individuals in emerging countries. In his closing keynote presentation at the annual Sibos convention in Boston, Gates discussed his foundation’s continued work in providing financial services to the impoverished. He encouraged financial institutions to get involved in serving individuals in developing countries by providing

Top biometrics news stories, week ending October 5

Here’s a recap of most popular and noteworthy biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Biometrics Week in Review: Nigerian ID card backlash, FBI wants Rapid DNA added to NGI, biometrics and cars, biometric data sharing, Frontier integrates biometrics, touchID for mobile banking, Singapore RFI for iris scanning solution, payPal Ebay split. Nigerian ID card with branded Mastercard logo draws backlash – The Nigerian government’s decision to brand its new electronic national identity card with MasterCard’s logo

Nigerian ID card with branded Mastercard logo draws backlash

The Nigerian government’s decision to brand its new electronic national identity card with MasterCard’s logo has drawn a significant backlash among experts in constitutional law and economics, according to the Osun Defender. Previously reported, Nigerian Identity Management Commission recently launched the pilot program of the electronic national identity card, which all Nigerians are required to have by 2019 if they want to vote. MasterCard is providing the prepaid payment functionality for the card, which will provide financial services to the

Aadhaar to be used to issue bank accounts to all Indian households

In a stunning policy reversal, India’s new government is examining new ways to expand Aadhaar, including to issue bank accounts to all Indian households. When the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) assumed power earlier this summer, its leader Narendra Modi had criticized the biometric citizen registry as a “political gimmick” that could not adequately address the control of migrants or national security concerns. There was a common belief that the program, which was closely associated with the Congress Party, would be

Top biometrics news stories, week ending September 7

Here’s a recap of most popular and noteworthy biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Biometrics Week in Review: iCloud hack, Delta ID raises $5M, Mastercard branded biometric ID card, mobile app guidelines, Synaptics, Huawei Alipay parnership, ImageWare, Qualcomm patent application, interview with LifeBEAM CTO and a guest post by Steve Cook. Biometrics could prevent ‘celeb porn’ hacking incidents – By combining Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint reader technology with a passcode for iCloud access, users should be

Nigeria to issue national Mastercard-branded biometric ID cards

Nigerian Identity Management Commission (NIMC) announced it has launched the eID pilot program, issuing MasterCard-branded identity cards with electronic payments functionality to 13 million civilians. The program marks the largest rollout of a biometric verification card with an electronic payment solution in Nigeria, as well as the broadest financial inclusion program in Africa. The eID card is a key part of the NIMC’s mandate to develop, maintain and run Nigeria’s first central national identity database and provide proof of identity

SecuGen Corp. to release fingerprint and smartcard reader at upcoming identity event

SecuGen Corp. announced that it will be releasing a new device that combines a contactless smartcard reader with SecuGen’s FAP 20 certified, optical fingerprint sensor, the U20. It will be showcasing this new product from September 16 – 18 at the Global Identity Summit in Tampa, Florida. Packaged in a sleek case, the Hamster Pro Duo CL provides dual mode authentication for improved security. As with all SecuGen products, the solution captures high quality images, is sturdy, and is affordable

Osun State, Nigeria government to issue biometric ID card for public school students

The government of Osun State in Nigeria is issuing a new smart identity card integrated with biometrics to all public school students in the state, according to a report by This Day Live. Launched at the Salvation Army School, Alekuwodo, Oshogbo, the new biometric ID cards support the state government’s initiative to deploy technology to boost the overall planning, allocation of resources and service delivery in the education field. The Osun Smart ID, an initiative of Chams Plc, is linked

Legal expert speaks out against biometrics in India

Legal expert Usha Ramanathan says that biometric technology has performed poorly in many parts of India, according to a report by The Hindu. Ramanathan, who has been monitoring the Unique Identification Authority of India project for quite some time, recently gave a presentation titled “Interrogating the UID and the National Population Register”. “In India, we have no idea if biometrics will work or not. Two to five per cent of people do not have fingerprints that work,” Ramanathan said, referring