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Aadhaar Moves Beyond Virtual Number, Soon Your Face Will Serve as Unique ID

Currently, UIDAI provides two modes of biometric authentication i.e. fingerprint authentication and iris authentication.

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Updated:January 15, 2018, 3:48 PM IST
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Aadhaar Moves Beyond Virtual Number, Soon Your Face Will Serve as Unique ID
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New Delhi: The UIDAI has decided to enable face authentication for registration of Aadhaar in fusion mode on registered devices by July 1, 2018 to aid people facing difficulty in other biometric authentication (fingerprint and iris).

“This facility is going to help in inclusive authentication of those who are not able to biometrically authenticate due to their worn out fingerprints, old age or hard work conditions,” said UIDAI in a statement on Monday.

Currently, UIDAI provides two modes of biometric authentication i.e. fingerprint authentication and iris authentication.

“The face authentication provides additional option for all residents to have inclusive authentication. It shall be allowed only in fusion mode along with one more authentication factor combined with either fingerprint or iris or OTP to be able to successfully authenticate an Aadhaar number holder. Face authentication shall also be allowed on need basis,” the statement added.

UIDAI will be working with biometric device providers to integrate face modality into the certified registered devices.

Last week, the UIDAI introduced 'Virtual ID', which would be a random 16-digit number, together with biometrics of the user would give any authorised agency like a mobile company, limited details like name, address and photograph, which are enough for any verification.

Officials said a user can generate as many Virtual IDs as he or she wants. The older ID gets automatically cancelled once a fresh one is generated.

The UIDAI has also introduced the concept of 'limited KYC' under which it will only provide need-based or limited details of a user to an authorised agency that is providing a particular service, say, a telco.

The Virtual ID will be a temporary and revocable 16-digit random number mapped to a person's Aadhaar number and the Aadhaar-issuing body will start accepting it from March 1, 2018.

From June 1, 2018 it will be compulsory for all agencies that undertake authentication to accept the Virtual ID from their users.

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