Face Recognition Facility For Aadhaar From July 1


New Delhi: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is all set to make face authentication available alongside iris or fingerprint scan as means of verifying Aadhaar users from July 1, 2018. The UIDAI, which is in-charge of the 12-digit identifier Aadhaar, had announced in January that it would introduce the face authentication feature to help those who run into problems in biometric authentication due to old age, hard work or worn-out fingerprints.

It had said that face authentication would be allowed only in fusion mode, meaning it would be permitted along with either fingerprint or iris or OTP to verify the details of Aadhaar holders.

In a presentation to the Supreme Court last week where he emphasised the robustness of the Aadhaar encryption system, saying that breaking it may take “more than the age of the universe for the fastest computer on earth”, Unique Identification Authority of India Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ajay Bhushan Pandey also informed that the proposed face authentication feature will be introduced by July 1.


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“Face authentication shall be available in fusion mode along with one more authentication factor like fingerprint/ iris/ OTP from July 1, 2018,” he had said in the power point presentation titled `1 billion +’. Aadhaar is being used for identity authentication across banks, telecom companies, public distribution system (PDS), income tax (I-T) among others and the extent of its usage can well be gauged from the fact that an average of 4 crore authentications are being done on a daily basis.