The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is making facial recognition compulsory with Aadhaar eKYC. According to a ToI, UIDAI has announced that it’ll be mandatory to do facial recognition for every Aadhaar related authentication, as it will come as an additional measure to ensure security.
So for services like opening a bank account or getting a new mobile SIM, it’ll now be compulsory to do face match when Aadhaar is used as eKYC authentication, although both services do not have Aadhaar as a mandatory document. It may be recalled that in June this year, a Hyderabad-based mobile SIM card distributor had forged Aadhaar details for activating thousands of SIM cards.
UIDAI had proposed a two-factor authentication for use of face recognition by telecom operators, where an individual provides Aadhaar number, the authentication will be done using fingerprint or iris and face. “There have been numerous instances where people have been excluded from Aadhaar authentication as their fingerprints are worn out due to old age, or since they are involved in manual labour or agriculture. This will help include them in the Aadhaar authentication process,” the report quoted UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey.
UIDAI had previously said that face recognition feature will be an additional mode of authentication, starting with telecom service providers from September 15. It is planned as phased rollout, and was earlier targeted from July 1, a target that was later pushed to August 1.
For authentication agencies other than telecom service providers (TSPs), UIDAI said specific instructions will be issued on implementation of face authentication feature, but did not give a fresh deadline.