Face recognition feature for Aadhaar to start from 15 September

The regulatory and issuing body of Aadhaar, UIDAI has announced that there will be a phased roll out of the face recognition feature next month.

Face recognition system will now be used as an additional mode of authentication and is to be used by telecom service providers from September 15.

The feature was to be launched in July this year but it got delayed.

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

UIDAI said that the new feature will ensure the security of Aadhaar identification as fingerprint can be cloned and misused.

Earlier this year, a Hyderabad-based mobile SIM card distributor had forged Aadhaar details for activating thousands of SIMs.

When an individual provides Aadhaar number, the authentication will be done using fingerprint or iris and face. For people providing Virtual ID, the authentication can be on basis of fingerprint or iris.

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