UIDAI Adds Face Recognition as Another Layer of Security for Aadhaar Along With IRIS and Fingerprint Scanning

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has introduced Face Recognition for Aadhaar to help citizens who’re encountering issues with other modes of biometric verification such as fingerprint and iris scanning. Ajay Pandey, UIDAI’s CEO tweeted this news, confirming the service’ launch on July 1, 2018. UIDAI is also expecting that the new face recognition implementation will increase security by adding another layer of protection.


This new feature will work alongside the already existing verification modes and an already Aadhaar holder is not required to revisit an Aadhaar centre for his face verification. The Aadhaar body has been under a lot of pressure in recent times. Firstly, a report from newspaper Tribune said that they could access all the Aadhaar details by paying just Rs 500. Secondly, French security researcher highlighted numerous issues on the Aadhaar mobile app- mAadhaar.

“At the time of Aadhaar enrolment, a photo of the face of the resident is also captured. To provide inclusive authentication, face photo can also be leveraged to verify the identity of an Aadhaar number holder,” read a notification released by UIDAI today. Recently, UIDAI also stated that it would implement Virtual ID technology very soon, which removes the need for exposing the 12-digit Aadhaar ID to any merchants.

How does the Face Recognition for Aadhaar work?
The Face Recognition for Aadhaar works in fusion mode with other two methods available, meaning, even after UIDAI taking your face recognition, it requires you to give other details of IRIS or fingerprint.

UIDAI will work with various biometric device providers to integrate face modality into various certified devices, and the body may come with its standalone ‘registered device service.’

However, it is still unknown on what devices will be used for this Face Recognition for Aadhaar.

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10 Comments on "UIDAI Adds Face Recognition as Another Layer of Security for Aadhaar Along With IRIS and Fingerprint Scanning"


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Guruprasad Mukherjee
January 15, 2018 9:04 pm 9:04 PM

UIDAI should follow the foot steps of Banks and issue Magnetic Chip cards like ATM cards so that we can use the same without any fear. Password is ours and we need to swipe the card, wherever it is necessary. Government is spending lot of money for issuing Aadhaar Card. So, they can also issue Aadhaar Transaction Card. What do others feel about this idea.

January 16, 2018 9:53 am 9:53 AM
Have you worked out yourself on this Idea. We pay Rs. 150+GST= Rs.177/year for bank card. Who will pay this annual fee if UIDAI comes up with this? Will poor people who cry even for Rs. 0.05 hike will pay this Rs.177/year per person. So family having 10 people will shell out Rs. 177/year. And if it is made free, who will go for bank cards then? For that to happen a whole new IT infra would be in place by spending crores and as Taxpayer, I am happy with current Aadhaar txn method which has been incorporated with available… Read more »
Priyansh Singh
January 16, 2018 3:07 pm 3:07 PM

I agree with you and like your Statements but one thing I sure want to Correct is “Poor People don’t CRY, its their Situation which makes them a little Upset about anything new coming to them which is chargeable as it dooms their Budget”.

Please don’t ever make Fun of Poor People. You’ve NO Idea what Poverty is all about.
Thanks for Reading!!

January 15, 2018 7:26 pm 7:26 PM

Airtel providing unlimited calls and 1GB data for 28 days for omly Rs.93 ..UNBELIEVABLE .

John Deo
January 15, 2018 7:11 pm 7:11 PM

Even I can’t identify myself with the picture they put on my Aadhaar card. How will UIDAI computer identify it? LOL

January 16, 2018 10:48 pm 10:48 PM

That was a good one.

Deepak Kumar Vasudevan
January 16, 2018 8:07 am 8:07 AM

Very true. The pictures on Voter and Aadhar card look totally different.

January 16, 2018 6:51 am 6:51 AM

he he he it is 101% correct you nailed it :mrgreen:
People look like ghosts aadhaar