UIDAI allows facial recognition for Aadhaar authentication

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The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on 15th January 2018 announced the addition of facial recognition-based authentication for Aadhaar users, especially those who have problems with other forms of biometric verification such as fingerprint or iris, and said it will be launched by July 1 this year.

Why was it needed?

The move is meant to facilitate the authentication of those who are unable to verify biometrically due to their worn-out fingerprints, old age or hard work conditions.

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  • The facility will be allowed on a need basis and can be used only in “fusion mode”, which means people can use it only along with other existing means of authentication.
  • “The face authentication provides additional option for all residents to have inclusive authentication
  • According to the UIDAI, the authentication user agencies (AUAs) shall be required to ensure inclusive authentication when a single modality is not working for specific residents. In such cases, applications need to enable the face capture service in addition to fingerprint and iris scans, and one-time password (OTP).
  • The agency said users will soon be able to use a ‘Virtual ID’ instead of using their Aadhaar numbers for verification purposes.


It isn’t too difficult to replicate as compared to other biometrics, but also the major problem lies in the source of the images used as the authentication mechanism.”The photographs captured nearly half a decade back with an extremely low resolution camera stood hardly any chance given that hackers were able to bypass even the 3D face model recognition developed by one of the biggest tech pioneers.


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