UIDAI:Authentication of Adhaar Via Face Recognition

UIDAI to use Face ID for Increasing Adhaar Security

Finally, UIDAI decided to add one more security layer to provide better security & privacy to citizens along with fingerprints and iris. This measure will be used in “Fusion” along with existing modes of authentication such as fingerprints, iris and OTP (one-time-password). Facial security will be implemented by the July month of this year.

In a Statement released from the side of UIDAI said, “In a notification released on Monday, UIDAI said, “At the time of Aadhaar enrolment, a photo of the face of the resident is also captured. To provide inclusive authentication, face photo can also be leveraged to verify the identity of an Aadhaar number holder.” It added that face authentication will provide “additional choice” for those having difficulty with their fingerprints/iris authentication. As face photo is already available in UIDA1 database there is no need to capture any new data. And since Camera is now pervasively available on laptops and mobiles making the face capture easily feasible for authentication agencies without needing any additional hardware. “Face authentication with liveness detection can be used as an additional factor to increase security,” the UIDAI said.

However, this does not mean that you have to go to an Aadhaarcentere again for authentication of face details. The UIDAI will be tapping into its database for the feature. In fact, it will work with biometric device providers to integrate face modality into certified registered devices and also provide standalone registered device service as required by the ecosystem.

As UIDAI  already added an extra firewall for privacy with virtual IDs and limited KYC. Apart from that, it has in place a ‘biometric lock’ as an additional layer of protection against outside intrusions or breach.

Things you need to Keep in Mind

  1. When residents enable biometric locking system, their biometric remains locked till the Aadhaar holder chooses to either unlock it (which is for a temporary period) or disable the locking system, an official said.
  2. Registered Mobile Number with Adhaar is Mandatory to Avail this Service.
  3. Users can ring-fence their biometrics simply by going on official site of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) or its app.
  4. Users will be able to Lock & Unlock details for Specific works.

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