UIDAI and Biometrics in Developing Nations

This In Focus page looks at the impressive growth in number of innovative identity projects in developing nations, such as India's UIDAI scheme. Check back here for news, features and interviews with the leading players in the market.

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UTI Mutual Fund to use biometric verification 08 December 2017

India's UTI Mutual Fund has introduced Aadhaar based e-KYC using biometric verification validated through UIDAI.


Indian woman loses pension due to biometrics 04 December 2017

A 65-year-old Indian woman suffering from leprosy.has reportedly been told she cannot be given a pension because she has no fingerprints and is unable to use iris recognition.


Indian shops told to install iris scanners 22 November 2017

Indian welfare food stores have been told that iris recognition can be used for customers hoping to use Aadhaar authentication but with worn away fingerprints.


UIDAI assures Aadhaar-based authentication is secure 20 November 2017

The body that runs India's biometrics-based unique identity service, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), has said that people's Aadhaar numbers are safe and secure.


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UIDAI assures Aadhaar-based authentication is secure 20 November 2017

The body that runs India's biometrics-based unique identity service, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), has said that people's Aadhaar numbers are safe and secure.


Aadhaar forgery gang also targeted biometrics 11 September 2017

A group who attempted to produce forgeries of India's biometrics-backed Aadhaar ID cards also tried to clone fingerprints and circumvent iris recognition software, according to media reports.


Namibian airport launches eborder system 08 September 2017

Hosea Kutako International Airport in Namibia has launched an automated border control system.


Indian Supreme Court in landmark privacy ruling 24 August 2017

India's Supreme Court has ruled that privacy is part of the fundamental right to life and liberty guaranteed under the country’s constitution, with potential consequences for the nation's biometric programme.


UIDAI Launches ‘mAadhaar’ App 21 July 2017

The Unique Identification Authority of India has launched an app for Android users.


Study launched on Aadhaar's impact 05 July 2017

The Indian School of Business (ISB) today said it has launched the digital identity research initiative (DIRI) to promote an academic study of the Aadhaar card and its implications. 


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Latest features

World Bank, Accenture outline universal ID vision for developing nations

ID solutions firm Accenture and the World Bank have published a study into how universal ID and biometrics can foster financial inclusion and improve vital services in developing countries.


Holding ghosts accountable: Biometrics bring greater transparency to African public sector

The insidious nature of corruption presents a formidable obstacle for the improvement of any society. One of the more nuanced forms of corruption occurs through the employment of “ghost workers. But biometrics is being successfuly used to help eliminate the problem.


India boldly takes biometrics where no country has gone before

Here is an in-depth overview of how well biometric technology is performing in India's UID project. And, more crucially, it explains why performance is so good?

 

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