Sharing economy to leverage Aadhaar

Two major proponents of the sharing economy, Airbnb and Uber, are considering using the Aadhaar biometric identification database to authenticate their respective users in 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 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

Philippines national ID system to ensure secure delivery of social benefits

The Philippine Department of Finance (DOF) Undersecretary recently said that the government is set to allot a budget of $39.5M (USD) for the 2018 roll-out of its biometrics-based national identification system. A bill seeking the establishment of the national ID system was approved by the House committee on population and family relations last month. The Senate has yet to approve its counterpart bill. According to a report in the Philippine Star, an estimated 105 million Filipinos will benefit from the

This week in biometrics industry stocks

As the biometric industry continues to grow Biometric Update is bringing a new focus to the stories around the stocks in the sector. Check in with this space each Friday for a rundown of the financial news and interesting ideas from the week that was. The data chain between Nasdaq and several media outlets was accidentally fed incorrect data on July 4th. For a while the data feed to several major websites suggested shares of tech stocks such as Amazon

Israel’s mandatory biometric ID system causes issues, lineups at airports

In the first month of Israel’s mandatory biometric identity documents initiative, 15 percent of applicants requesting new passports or identity cards have declined having their fingerprints added to the database, according to a report by Haaretz. Israel officially introduced the exclusive biometric passports and ID cards system on June 1, following several extensions of the pilot phase. Under the new procedures, a high-resolution facial photograph is automatically stored in the database, while the applicant is given the option to submit

Indian government facing privacy challenges regarding Aadhaar

The Hindu ran a recent op-ed piece in which writer Sanjay Hegdet called on the Chief Justice of India to establish the larger Bench to assess privacy challenges to Aadhaar, a 12-digit unique identity number based on collected biometric information. Last week, the Union government made it mandatory to link the Aadhaar number with the permanent account number (PAN) of a person, which would be effective starting July 1. India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley made Aadhaar mandatory for the filing

Jamaica prioritizes establishment of national identification system

Debate on the National Identification and Registration Bill began last week in Jamaica’s House of Representatives with Prime Minister Andrew Holness saying that the government is committed to making the establishment of the National Identification System (NIDS) a priority. The Bill seeks to facilitate the establishment and regulation of a system for the registration, verification and authentication of the identity of citizens and other persons residing in Jamaica and establishment of a National Civil and Identification Database to generate national

India postpones PM’s plans to link Aadhaar to taxes

India’s Supreme Court said in a ruling that citizens cannot be forced to enroll for Aadhaar — a 12-digit unique identity number based on collected biometric information — to file tax returns, which could derail Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plans to transition to a cashless economy, according to a report by Bloomberg. The Supreme Court partially stayed a law that made the Aadhaar card mandatory for filing returns or for obtaining a 10-digit alphanumeric code the Income Tax Department issues

Irish citizens will require biometric ID card when applying for passports, driver’s licenses

The Irish government will make it mandatory for all citizens to show their public services card (PSC) when applying for a passport and driver’s licence, starting in autumn and 2018, respectively, according to a report by The Irish Times. The identity card was initially launched in 2011 to social welfare recipients, and has since been issued to 2.3 million citizens. The card is supported by a facial recognition database run by the Department of Social Protection. “Given the increase in

Liberian government begins issuance process of national biometric ID card

Liberia has begun the issuance process of its national biometric identification card, which citizens and foreign residents will use to open bank accounts and participate in other processes such as voter registration, according to a report by Front Page Africa. More than 4.5 million people are expected to register and obtain ID cards of citizenship or residence in Liberia. J. Tiah Nagbe, executive director of the National Identification Registry, said that enrollment in the ID card program is mandatory. He

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