Indian telcos hope to use Aadhaar biometric database for faster subscriber verification

Indian telecom operators plan to turn to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in an effort to get approval for using the Aadhaar biometric database to speed up subscriber verification since the home ministry is said to have objected to the idea citing security concerns, according to a report by the Economic Times. The move comes a few weeks after India’s Supreme Court placed a cease order on the national Indian government concerning the use of Aadhaar data. Last week, the

HID Global wins GSN award for biometric identification solution

HID Global announced that the company and its integration partner, DGM Sistemas LDA (DGM) has received Government Security News (GSN) Magazine’s Most Notable National ID Card Program award for its biometric identification solution. HID Global and DGM collaborated on developing a critical proof-of-identity infrastructure that has enabled Angola to fully restore social services and other citizen programs over the past decade. The award is part of GSN’s second annual Airport, Seaport and Border Security Awards competition, which celebrates the accomplishments

Japan grants Kyrgyzstan biometrics technology

Japan is donating about $6 million worth of biometric technology equipment to aid in a biometric registration project for citizens. A law was passed in Kyrgyzstan last year for a nationwide biometric data registration program. Included is 3,000 laptops, 3,000 fingerprint scanners, a server and networking equipment. Vice Prime Minister Tairbek Sarpashev has also indicated that a new elections model utilizing biometric data will be tested across Kyrgyzstan throughout the month of August.

11th Government forum on electronic identity

How National eID Can Support Delivery of Public and Private Sector Services 1-3 December, 2015 – Dhaka, Bangladesh The 11th Government Forum on Electronic Identity, organised by APSCA, is an annual event focused on national electronic identity and its related applications. The forum is Asia’s largest annual meeting for government agencies that issue national electronic identity cards, manage population registers, work with citizens’ electronic identities and facilitate the delivery of eGovernment services and benefits to citizens. In 2015, the theme

In effort to expand biometric scheme, India says privacy not fundamental right

During the course of defending the legality of the Aadhaar biometric scheme before India’s Supreme Court this week, the chief lawyer for India’s central government argued that privacy is not a fundamental right bestowed by the country’s constitution. India’s government also asked the court to reconsider all Supreme Court judgments over the past two decades that defined privacy as a constitutional right. India’s central government made the argument in order to defend extending the use of the Aadhaar biometric system

Jamaica to roll out national ID system by 2020

Jamaica is expected to finally conduct a complete roll-out of the National Identification System (NIDS) for Jamaicans and other residents by 2020, according to a report by the Jamaica Observer. Onika Miller, permanent secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, told the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) of Parliament that the framework for NIDS is on track to be ready by this November. “Yes, the project has taken some time [but] now it is at a stage where

Nigeria’s Central bank extends biometric identification deadline

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has implemented a four-month extension to the Bank Verification Number (BVN) program, giving Nigerians until October 31st to enroll. The CBN and the bankers’ committee had previously set a June 30th deadline for enrollment in the biometric identification program, but as the deadline approached, it became clear that the extension was needed in order to give more banking customers an opportunity to participate in the enrolment exercise. The BVN registration process involves the capturing

Credence ID’s handheld biometric solution wins Frost & Sullivan award

Frost & Sullivan has awarded Credence ID with the 2015 Asia-Pacific Frost & Sullivan Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award for its mobile biometric product suite, Trident. Credence ID’s Trident mobile product suite is a handheld tri-biometric solution that includes fingerprint recognition, face recognition, and iris recognition. The company’s Trident mobile device employs three sensors, including a smart card reader, face recognition sensor, and fingerprint sensor. Credence ID’s devices are all 3G, GPS and Wi-Fi enabled, and can link to

Digital Rights Movement report criticizes Israel’s national biometric database

The Digital Rights Movement has published a new report that criticizes the biometric database that Israel’s Interior Ministry is currently trialing, identifying a number of defects that could potentially result in data being leaked from the system, according to a report by Haaretz. The move comes a couple of months after Israel Interior Minister Gilad Erdan presented legislation to enforce a mandatory national biometric identification system. The new report, authored by computer and information security experts, is released in advance

Scottish Police admit to using facial recognition software, maintaining image database

Police Scotland has admitted to using face recognition technology to identify individuals captured on CCTV cameras and from other sources, as well as retaining these images in a database, according to a report by Computing. In a statement in response to a freedom of information (FoI) request, Police Scotland said it has used the technology 440 times, in addition to maintaining a database of 334,000 photographs of individuals taken into custody. The police force has defended its use of facial