Aadhaar Card Issues

UIDAI to add face verification option for Aadhaar authentication

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Mains Paper 3: Science & Technology | developments & their applications & effects in everyday life

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Another option of recognition

  1. The Unique Identification Authority of India, the Aadhaar-issuing authority, has decided to enable face recognition as another means of authentication from July 1, 2018
  2. The decision comes at a time when problems arising due to mismatch of biometrics are being reported about, including those faced by senior citizens with fading fingerprints

Not allowed on solo basis

  1. The face authentication option will be allowed only in the fusion mode
  2. It will have to be done along with another authentication option such as biometrics or one-time password (OTP) on the registered mobile number

Half process already done

  1. The UIDAI has already captured the face photo during enrollment
  2. Face authentication with liveness detection can be used as an additional factor to increase security
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