From Sept 15, UIDAI to use facial recognition to verify Aadhaar users

New Delhi: Aadhaar-issuing body Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), has finally announced a phased rollout of face recognition feature as an additional mode of authentication, starting with telecom service providers from September 15.

The Authority had earlier planned to roll out face recognition feature from July 1, a target that was later pushed to August 1.

It has also proposed a monetary disincentive for telcos found slipping on the prescribed targets from mid next month.

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.

What it means for you

UIDAI has said ‘live face photo’ capture and its verification with the photo obtained in eKYC will be essential in those cases where Aadhaar is used for issuance of mobile SIMs.

What do telcos have to do?

  • UIDAI has proposed a two-factor authentication for use of face recognition by telcos.
  • Where an individual provides Aadhaar number, the authentication will be done using fingerprint or iris and face.
  • For individuals providing Virtual ID, the authentication can be on basis of fingerprint or iris.
  • UIDAI said in case where an individual is unable to authenticate fingerprint or iris, face authentication can be used as an additional mode, to make the system more inclusive.