FB pixel

Selfie biometric authentication apps rolled out by India, New Zealand governments

Selfie biometric authentication apps rolled out by India, New Zealand governments

It is now possible for Aadhaar digital ID account holders to verify their identity using their phone when accessing some services thanks to a mobile face biometric authentication app from the Unique Identification Authority of India.

The face authentication platform, called Aadhaar FaceRD, means users do not necessarily need to carry their physical cards. Their identity can be verified using the FaceRD on their smart phones, writes Mint.

The FaceRD app captures faces for authentication,” according to Mint. The app was developed by the ID authority.

Aadhaar card holders are already making use of the authentication app for Jeevan Pramaan, a biometrics-based digital certification service for pensioners, the Co-Win vaccination app, and for scholarships and farmer welfare programs.

According to the government, the app is available from Google Play. An account holder scans their face with their phone and the image is verified against their Aadhaar photograph.

The successes of the Aadhaar biometric ID scheme were discussed during the recently concluded Digital India Week event.

Verification through face biometrics also possible in New Zealand

Meanwhile, in New Zealand, it is possible for the Department of Home Affairs to verify a person’s identity using their driver’s license photo through the One Time Identity face biometrics system.

People have to opt into the authentication program, according to Waka Kotahi NZTA, the government agency that manages vehicle and driver licensing and other land transportation issues.

The One Time ID system, otherwise called Identity Check, has been in the works since 2019 and is said to be part of New Zealand’s proposed digital ID system.

While Waka Kotahi officials say Home Affairs can use Identity Check, they have not said whether other government departments such as the Minister of Health have similar permission, according to Newshub.

The Ministry of Social Development has said it abandoned plans for ID verification using the Identity Check about two years ago, with an official saying they do not have the required policy in place to verify a client’s identity using their selfie biometrics.

Article Topics

 |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |   | 

Latest Biometrics News


Asian banks deploy biometrics and digital ID for security, additional services

As digital identity gains prominence in a financial industry beset by fraud, nations in Asia are enabling banks to lead…


Mobile ID combats fraud, gives holder control of personal data: USPF report

The U.S. Payments Forum (USPF) has published a new white paper entitled “The Role of Mobile IDs in Payments.” Authored…


Wyoming plots mobile driver’s license launch for 2025

Wyoming is moving towards the issuance of digital ID in the form of an optional mobile driver’s license, but it…


EU publishes rollout schedule for AI Act

The European Union has published the final text of the Artificial Intelligence Act, outlining the most important deadlines for complying…


World Bank identifies priority actions for DPI in Equatorial Guinea

A World Bank team has identified immediate actions which the government of Equatorial Guinea should undertake in ramping up its…


Some sort of ID could be ‘inevitable’ for UK: lawmakers

The UK is still debating national identity documents and digital identities, with lawmakers and experts arguing that the creation of…


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Most Read This Week

Featured Company

Biometrics Insight, Opinion

Digital ID In-Depth

Biometrics White Papers

Biometrics Events