Aadhar Face Recognition Feature: Just days after the leakage news of the data of Aadhaar card, the UIDAI having pondered over the consequences has issued another amendment to the existing rules. As the Aadhaar card has become inevitable to utilize many privileges provided by the Government of India, as a part of ‘Second-layer Security’, UIDAI has just added a new feature i.e., face authentication along with Fingerprints and IRIS.
This significant new feature will help the people who are in their senile state (Senior Citizens with hand- shivering sate) or physically disabled people of whose fingerprints and IRIS data they provided at the time of applying for the Aadhaar card previously ‘Mismatch’ with their present situation. The UIDAI has announced that this new feature will be available to the people from 1st of July 2018.
UIDAI To Implement Face Recognition Feature for Stronger Aadhar Security
Adding to its latest development, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, India has alerted the people to utilize “Virtual Cards” in place, where one has to use his/her Aadhaar card. A ‘Virtual Card’ is a 16-digit ID, which helps to protect our personal data. This new facility will be available to the public by the end of March 2018.
This new feature can be known as a “Fusion” along with existing modes of authentication such as fingerprints, IRIS and OTP (one-time-password).
UADAI said, “At the time of Aadhaar enrolment, 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.”
Answering to a reporter in its press conference, the UADAI provided clarity to the people by reiterating the new amendment said, “This new rule – does not mean that you have to go to an Aadhaar center again for authentication of face recognition 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. We have already added 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.”
A jaw-dropping news is; India being the second populous country in the world the Aadhaar usage can well be estimated from the reality that an average of 4 crore authentications are being done per day. Nevertheless, 1,500 crore authentication has taken place so far.