Aadhaar validation by face recognition from July 1


Agencies, New Delhi The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has now added an extra layer of security for Aadhaar holders by introducing face recognition in fusion with fingerprints and Iris. An official statement said the face recognition mechanism will act as another layer of verification alongside fingerprints, OTP and Iris authentication. It will become operational from July 1. Face authentication shall also be allowed on a need basis, it said. To make things convenient, UIDAI commented that it will be using the photo of the consumers that was captured at the time of Aadhaar enrolment. The facial recognition will give an additional choice for people having trouble with their fingerprints and iris authentication, the statement added. Currently UIDAI provides two modes of biometric authentication i.e. fingerprint authentication and iris authentication. While most of the residents are able to authenticate using fingerprint or iris authentication, some residents face difficulty in successfully using biometric authentication using one of the modalities. “To provide inclusive authentication, face photo can also be leveraged to verify the identity of a Aadhaar number holder. While Aadhaar Authentication API had the technical provision of sending photo of the face, this option is currently not enabled within CIDR,” a UIDAI circular said.