Aadhaar face authentication: UIDAI adds new safety feature from July 1

Indian Spokesman Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Monday announced the addition of face- recognition-based authentication for Aadhaar users. The new authentication method will be launched by July 1, 2018.

“UIDAI introduces yet another landmark technology for authentication – Face Authentication. #AadhaarFaceAuth will help all elderly or other facing issues with fingerprint authentication. Service to be launched by July 1, 2018,” Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO UIDAI said in a tweet.

UIDAI in its circular said that at the time of Aadhaar enrolment, photo of the face of resident is also captured.

“To provide inclusive authentication, face photo can also be leveraged to verify the identity of a Aadhaar number holder. While Aadhaar Authentication API had the technical provision of sending photo of the face, this option is currently not enabled within CIDR,” said the circular.

CIDR (Central Identities Data Repository) refers to the government agency that stores and manages data for the country’s Aadhaar project. The agency is regulated by UIDAI.

Face Authentication shall be allowed ONLY in fusion mode along with one more authentication factor. This means Face Authentication must be combined with either fingerprint or iris or OTP to be able to successfully authentication an Aadhaar number.”

“UIDAI provides the fingerprint and iris biometric authentication at select AUAs, similarly Face Authentication shall also be allowed on need basis.”

The agency also said that it will work with biometric device providers to integrate face modality into the certified registered devices and may also provide standalone Registered Device (RD) service as required by the ecosystem.

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