Report claims UIDAI executives part of private firms profiting from Aadhaar

Current and past employees of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the governing body for Aadhaar, are launching private firms or funding start-ups that are selling Aadhaar-based services and products. According to a report by The Indian Express, the practice is raising concerns regarding propriety and conflict of interest. For instance, former UIDAI chief product managers Vivek Raghavan (who is on a sabbatical with a tenure until the end of February 2018) and Sanjay Jain, as well as former

UIDAI to soon fine banks without Aadhaar enrollment centers

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has given banks until the end of the month to open Aadhaar enrollment centers in 10 percent of branches and will fine Rs 20,000 (US$312) for every uncovered branch after September 30, according to a report by Hindustan Times. The UIDAI, the governing agency in charge of Aadhaar, ordered private and public banks in July to open Aadhaar enrolment and updation facility in one out of 10 branches by the end of August.

UIDAI tells Supreme Court it’s impossible to track citizens using Aadhaar

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the governing agency in charge of Aadhaar, told India’s Supreme Court that it is nearly impossible to use Aadhaar to track citizens, according to a report by NDTV. The agency said there were several measures implemented in the law and its systems to ensure that the government could not use Aadhaar for surveillance purposes even if it were deemed legal. The agency also suggested that too much was being made of privacy being

Police suspect user agency insiders responsible for Aadhaar data leak

Indian police and Aadhaar officials suspect that insiders at an authentication user agency (AUA) and a KYC user agency (KUA) are responsible for last week’s Aadhaar data leak, according to sources cited in a report by Deccan Herald. On July 29, the case was transferred from High Grounds police station to the cyber crime police station. The leak was discovered when an app offered e-KYC (know your customer) certificates, allegedly by accessing an Aadhaar database without authorization. The Unique Identification

UIDAI declining multiple requests by police to share Indian citizens’ biometrics

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the governing agency in charge of Aadhaar, has declined multiple requests from all law enforcement agencies, including the Delhi Police, for biometrics of citizens for criminal investigations, according to a report by The Indian Express. Investigating agencies such as CBI and NIA have been repeatedly requesting the details of Aadhaar cardholders including their biometrics, UIDAI said. UIDAI Deputy Director General Rajesh Kumar Singh has written to the heads of each agency, ordering them

Former chairman of UIDAI honored for economic and business innovation

The man behind the creation of India’s biometric national ID system has been awarded one of this year’s Nikkei Asia Prizes. Nandan Nilekani of India, former chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India, was selected the winner for economic and business innovation. Nilekani led the creation of Aadhaar, the world’s largest biometric national ID system. 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

UIDAI raising authentication capacity

The Unique Identification Authority of India, the governing agency in charge of Aadhaar, is acquiring new hardware to raise its authentication capacity to 100 million transactions a day, according to a report by the Economic Times. “Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is in process of procurement of necessary hardware for enhancing its authentication capacity to 10 crore transactions a day,” P.P. Chaudhary, Minister of State for Electronics and IT, told Parliament in a response to an inquiry about how

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

UIDAI lodges complaints due to inappropriate Aadhaar data use

According to an article published in the Times of India, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has lodged criminal complaints with the Delhi Police against three firms for illegal use of Aadhaar biometric data. The firms under investigation include: Axis Bank, Suvidhaa Infoserve and eMudhra. The newspaper notes that the complaints were filed after UIDAI detected exact biometric matches in multiple consecutive transactions which the authority said was not possible without biometrics being stored in an unauthorized manner. UIDAI

India working to replace cash with biometric e-payment

The chief executive of India’s leading economic development agency told attendees at the World Economic Forum in Davos that the country could introduce biometric payments within three years, thereby eliminating the need for cash and typical electronic payment methods, including: automated teller machines, along with debit and credit cards. Amitabh Kant, National Institution for Transforming India, was quoted in a CNN news affiliate report as saying that such now commonplace e-payment methods may be “totally redundant” by 2020. According to