UIDAI announces plans to add facial recognition to Aadhaar

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has announced the addition of facial recognition to the Aadhaar program to provide more authentication options for users. Aadhaar has previously implemented fingerprint and iris recognition, along with one-time passwords (OTP) for identity verification. UIDAI notes in a circular (PDF) that it is difficult for some users to use fingerprints or iris scans, and that many Authentication User Agencies (AUAs) have not deployed both modalities. The enrollment process for Aadhaar has included the

UIDAI denies reported major Aadhaar security breach

The Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI) has responded to a media report claiming that access to the entire Aadhaar database could be purchased for 500 rupees (roughly $8) by saying that no biometric data has been breached, The Indian Express reports. The Chandigarh-based Tribune media outlet claimed not only that it had purchased unrestricted access to details for any of the more than one billion Indian citizens from an anonymous WhatsApp user, but also that for an even smaller

Ghana introduces instant issuance of eIDs

Ghana’s National Identification Authority (NIA) has begun the first nationwide instant issuance of eIDs in West Africa. The new “GhanaCard” meets all international requirements for identity documents, such as chip-embedded technology and biometric capabilities. Identity Management Systems is the prime contractor for the Ghana National ID project. Along with Entrust Datacard, the other subcontractors for the project include Intelligent Card Production Systems, X-Infotech, Dermalog, Cryptovision, Smart Packaging Solutions, NXP Semiconductors and IDFG. “Identity Management Systems designed a custom solution that

Ethiopia to enroll all refugees in new biometric system by end of 2018

Ethiopia is carrying out a large-scale biometric enrollment project for refugees to deliver better protection and assistance to them in accord with the country’s Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), which addresses the pledges of the 2016 New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants. More than 100,000 refugees arrived in the country in 2017, and along with other refugees in the country, all are expected to be registered in the Biometric Identity Management System (BIMS) by the end of 2018, according

Biometric National ID Conference Lebanon Chapter

Biometric National ID Conference Lebanon Chapter January 30 – 31, 2018 Beirut, Lebanon We invite you to participate as sponsor / exhibitor / speaker at this upcoming Biometric event to be held in January 2018, in Lebanon. The 2 days event is a leading international event for advanced identification technologies, bringing together manufacturers, suppliers, systems integrators, end-users, consultants to meet under one roof with the Lebanese Government authorities and all other relevant personnel. A large number of Lebanese Ministers and

9M enrolled in Malawi identity program

Nine million Malawians have been successfully registered in the country’s nationwide identity program using biometric registration kits from Laxton Group. Laxton was awarded the contract by the United Nations Development Program in February 2017. The biometric registration kits were used by National Registration Bureau officers to register new applicants and amend existing records for the nationwide registration campaign. Laxton’s solution included the delivery of 2,000 registration kits, a central biometric record management system, in-country project management, and training of National

Biometric ID program for displaced Rohingya completes first phase

A UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) program to count families among displaced Rohingya refugees from Myanmar and identify individuals with biometric registration has completed its first phase, counting over half a million people, a UNHCR spokesperson says. The program is overseen by Bangladesh’s Minister of Home Affairs and conducted jointly by the UNHCR and Bangladesh’s Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commission (RRRC). The first phase was carried out in the Kutupalong camp, makeshift areas around it, and the makeshift area of Balukhali,

Jamaica’s senate expected to pass national ID and registration bill

Jamaica’s National Identification and Registration Act, 2017, which seeks to establish an identification system for citizens and residents, is expected to be passed at the next sitting of the Senate. The move comes a few months after Prime Minister Andrew Holness initially pledged the government’s commitment to making the establishment of the National Identification System (NIDS) a priority. The government is seeking to secure funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to develop the identification system, which is being implemented

African national biometric programs tackle scale challenges

Several African nations at different stages of their biometric registration processes have recently announced new efforts to improve their identity systems. The actions could save millions of dollars for the federal government of Nigeria, provide assurance of fairness and legitimacy for Zimbabwe’s upcoming elections, and Liberia. Nigeria takes on biometric data harmonization Nigeria’s House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to work towards the harmonization of biometric data captured for identity programs by myriad different agencies. Rep. Ochiglegor Idagbo

IDEMIA to revamp Colombia’s identification and civil registry platform

IDEMIA (formerly known as OT-Morpho) has been selected by the National Civil Registry of Colombia, the Colombian government agency overseeing citizen identity, to update the identification and civil registry platform. As the trusted database of citizens’ biometric and alphanumeric data, the identification and civil registry platform ensures the uniqueness of identities. IDEMIA has worked with the RNEC since the beginning of this project as well as has constantly supported the solution’s successive improvements. Seeking a need to reinforce the platform