UIDAI to deploy face recognition system
20 August 2018 15:42 GMT

India's unique ID body, the Unique Identification Authority of India says it wants to tackle fingerprint spoofing by adding face authentication.

UIDAI has announced a phased rollout of face recognition feature as an additional mode of authentication, starting with telecom service providers from September 15.

The plan is to use ‘live face photo’ capture and its verification with the photo obtained in eKYC will be essential in those cases where Aadhaar is used for issuance of mobile SIMs.

UIDAI says the move is aimed at curbing the possibility of fingerprint spoofing or cloning, and seeks to tighten the audit process and security around the issuance and activation of mobile SIMs. In June, a Hyderabad-based mobile SIM card distributor had forged Aadhaar details for activating thousands of SIMs.

“This instruction (for matching live face photo with eKYC photo) will apply only where Aadhaar is used for issuance of SIMs. As per the Telecom Department’s instructions, if SIM is issued through other means without Aadhaar, then these instructions will not apply,” UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey told PTI.