UIDAI Aadhaar Card Face Recognition feature goes live from September 15: Here are the details

By: Tech Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 20, 2018 4:50:22 pm

UIDAI Aadhaar Card Face Recognition: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the Aadhaar-issuing body, has made it mandatory for telecom services to authenticate a tenth of their customers using face recognistion. This will be implemented for telecom services from September 15. The first issued a circular around the implementation of facial authentication was issued in January 2018 and was supposed to roll out from July 1. But the date was later pushed back to August 1. It will now appear as an option from September 15, but only for telecom service providers.

So what is face authentication in Aadhaar, and how will it work? Here’s a quick look  

Face authentication means the user’s live photo will be captured and compared with the one in the Aadhaar database. At the time of getting an Aadhaar card, all users have their photo taken, which will now be matched in the eKYC process for telecom service providers (TSPs). Other agencies which also rely on Aadhaar-based authentication are not yet going live with Face Authentication. “TSPs are hereby directed that with effect from September 15, 2018 at least 10 per cent of their total monthly authentication transactions shall be performed using face authentication in this manner. Any shortfall in transactions using face authentication would be charged at Rs 0.20 per transaction,” said a UIDAI circular.

According to a PTI report, UIDAI has said telecom service providers will have to take a photo of the user and verify this with the eKYC photo in order to issue mobile SIMs on the basis of Aadhaar cards. Where Aadhaar card is not being used to issue SIM, this rule does not apply.

So why is face recognition being rolled out for TSPs when it comes to verifying Aadhaar data?

UIDAI says`the move is aimed at curbing the possibility of fingerprint spoofing or cloning. The idea of Face Recognition when it was originally announced is also to make the process of eKYC more inclusive, and give more choices, especially in cases where residents have a problem with iris scan or fingerprint authentication.

With TSPs, the idea is to increase security around issuing and activation of mobile SIMs. This will ensure that a SIM is not issued to someone by just verifying the fingerprint, but also matching the face.

“This instruction (for matching live face photo with eKYC photo) will apply only where Aadhaar is used for issuance of SIMs. As per Telecom Department’s instructions, if SIM is issued through other means without Aadhaar, then these instructions will not apply,” UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey told PTI.

The TSP will have to store both the photos in its database for audit purpose. The face authentication will have to be combined with another mode of verification for Aadhaar. This can be iris, fingerprint or OTP, according to the original circular that was shared by UIDAI on the announcement of Face recognition.


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