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 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.

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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. 

UIDAI rejects police request for biometrics 03 July 2017

The Unique Identification Authority of India has rejected an attempt by police bodies to access biometric data files, saying the data must be sacrosanct.

FIDO Alliance and Data Security Council of India to partner on authentication 10 May 2017

The FIDO Alliance has revealed plans to partner with the Data Security Council of India (DSCI) on strong authentication standards and solutions in India.

Worn-out fingerprints hit Aadhaar Verification rates 07 April 2017

Rural workers in India’s Telangana state are struggling to use biometrics to claim welfare due to their worn down fingerprints.

India to link Aadhaar to air travel 06 April 2017

India’s biometrics-backed unique ID system, Aadhaar, could be taking on another vital role in the country with its card becoming a mandatory document to fly.

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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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