Face Recognition To Be Allowed To Verify Aadhaar Cardholders

Face Recognition To Be Allowed To Verify Aadhaar Cardholders

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Face Recognition To Be Allowed To Verify Aadhaar Cardholders
Face authentication will be enabled by July to help people facing difficulty in biometric authentication due to fingerprints worn-out because of age or hard work, or other factors, said the UIDAI or Unique Identification Authority of India in a statement.
Face Recognition To Be Allowed To Verify Aadhaar Cardholders
Around 119 crore people have been issued Aadhaar cards so far.
Aadhaar users stuck over the verification of their biometric details can soon turn to face recognition, along with the iris and fingerprint scan, the authority in charge of the national identity card system said today, calling it an extra layer of security.
Face authentication will be enabled by July to help people facing difficulty in biometric authentication due to fingerprints worn-out because of age or hard work, or other factors, said the UIDAI or Unique Identification Authority of India in a statement. This will not require any new reference data as photos of citizens is already on the Aadhaar database, the agency said.
But the authority clarified that face recognition would be allowed "only in fusion mode" along with one more authentication factor - either fingerprint or iris or OTP - and leveraged to verify the Aadhaar card holder.
The camera, said the Aadhaar authority, is now available across laptops and mobiles, which made face capture feasible without any additional hardware.
Critics say this may add another chunk of logistical problems to the world's largest biometric database, which is already facing doubts about data security.
Last week, the UIDAI announced that a randomly-generated 16-digit virtual ID can be shared instead of the Aadhaar ID to check leaks and misuse of biometric data collected from millions of Indian. The announcement was made days after a newspaper report claimed access to the Aadhaar database for just Rs 500 paid online. Petitioners who have challenged the validity of the 12-digit Aadhaar ID and its linking to bank accounts, mobile phones and government schemes, say they will challenge the virtual Ids as they are "untested and unworkable".
Around 119 crore people have been issued Aadhaar cards so far.
The UIDAI said the Aadhaar system was being used as the main Id verification mechanism by banks, telecom companies, Public Distribution System, Income Tax and for staff attendance in private companies.

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