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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Aadhaar authentication plans facing legal challenges 01 March 2017

Efforts by private telecom operators to use biometric data collected under India’s Aadhaar programme for authenticating customer identity while issuing SIM cards now face a legal challenge.

Indian govt to launch Aadhaar Pay service 30 January 2017

New Delhi is working on a biometrics-backed payment system that will be connected to a user’s unique ID number, or Aadhaar.

Indian bank to use iris for account opening, transactions 27 January 2017

India’s DCB Bank plans to deploy iris recognition devices at branches and mobile branches to enable customers to open accounts and complete transactions through a biometric system linked to their unique Aadhaar numbers.

Indian ecommerce app PayTm adds fingerprint security 12 January 2017

Indian electronic commerce and payment system PayTm has updated its app to include biometric security.

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Indian ecommerce app PayTm adds fingerprint security 12 January 2017

Indian electronic commerce and payment system PayTm has updated its app to include biometric security.

Interpol calls for enhanced biometric data sharing 10 November 2016

Global crime-fighting organisation Interpol has said the unprecedented threat posed globally by the volume of foreign terrorist fighters operating in conflict zones has raised the need to share biometric data across countries.

Aadhaar architect praises firms for biometric KYC plans 12 September 2016

Nandan Nilekani, who designed India’s biometrics-backed unique ID project, the Aadhaar number, has lauded new companies that plan private sector applications using the identity technology.

Aadhaar faces fresh legal challenge in India 06 September 2016

A privacy campaigner in India has launched a renewed legal effort to ensure that the government does not make a biometric-backed unique ID scheme mandatory for all initiatives.

India startup developing iris-enabled POS 01 September 2016

Indian fin-tech startup Simpal Mobile Payments and Information Services plans to tap into the opportunities presented by iris authentication at point of sale.

Bengaluru police to procure advanced fingerprint system 30 August 2016

Law enforcement authorities in Bengaluru, capital of India's southern Karnataka state, plan to launch a procurement process for an advanced fingerprint recognition system.

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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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