UIDAI to add new safety feature ‘Aadhaar face authentication’ from July 1

Adding another safety measure, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) announced one more security measure feature on Monday for Aadhaar users, which is face-recognition based authentication. This new feature will be launched on July 1, 2018. The UIDAI CEO, Ajay Bhushan Pandey, said in a tweet that “UIDAI introduces yet another landmark technology for authentication – Face Authentication. #AadhaarFaceAuth will help all elderly or other facing problems with fingerprint authentication. Service to be launched on July 1, 2018”.

Just a week before, the UIDAI introduced a virtual identification for the ID holders so that the real Aadhaar number needs not to be given to authenticate identity. “To provide inclusive authentication, face photo can also be leveraged to verify the identity of a Aadhaar number holder. While Aadhaar Authentication API had the technical provision of sending photo of the face, this option is currently not enabled within CIDR,” the circular said. The CIDR (Central Identities Data Repository) belongs to the government agency that stores and manages data for the country’s Aadhaar project. This government agency is regulated by UIDAI.

The face authentication gives extra options for AUAs (Authentication User Agencies), as per the UIDAI. “Face Authentication shall be allowed ONLY infusion mode along with one more authentication factor. This means Face Authentication must be combined with either fingerprint or iris or OTP to be able to successfully authentication an Aadhaar number. UIDAI provides the fingerprint and iris biometric authentication at select AUAs, similarly Face Authentication shall also be allowed on need basis,” the UIDAI said. The agency added that it will work with biometric device providers to add face modality into the certified registered devices and may also provide separate Registered Device (RD) service as needed by the ecosystem.

The virtual-ID is basically a 16-digit random number mapped with the Aadhaar number. The agency added that the number can be produced, replaced or canceled only by the Aadhaar number.

Aadhaar information available for misuse and abuse, says American whistleblower Edward Snowden

Just a day following the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) denied that there was any breach of the Aadhaar database, American whistleblower Edward Snowden said that the Aadhaar database conceived and introduced by the Indian government can also be misused and abused on Friday. Snowden retweeted CBS journalist Zack Whittaker’s response on a BuzzFeed report on the breach of Aadhaar database in India and said that “It is the natural tendency of government to desire perfect records of private lives. History shows that no matter the laws, the result is abuse”.

“ICYMI. India has a national ID database with the private information of nearly 1.2 billion nationals. It’s reportedly been breached. Admin accounts can be made and access can be sold to the database, reports BuzzFeed,” Whittaker had earlier said. On Thursday, the UIDAI said that the Aadhaar information including biometric data is purely safe and secure. It described The Tribune report titled ‘Rs 500, 10 minutes, and you have access to billion Aadhaar details’ a case of misreporting. The UIDAI said in a statement that “There has not been any Aadhaar data breach. The Aadhaar data including biometric information is fully safe and secure”.

This thing came when the matter in Supreme Court is all set to begin the final hearing of petitions challenging the legality of Aadhaar programme based on privacy concerns on January 17. The apex court said that privacy is a fundamental right under the Constitution of India in August 2017.

AFCAT 2018 Online Registration starts from 19th December, Aadhaar Compulsory

Indian Air Force has finally announced the online registration date of AFCAT 2018. IAF officer’s level entry examination is the most prestigious examination for the younger generation. AFCAT 2018 application will be made available from 19th December evening. Candidates interested in AFCAT 2018 examination can apply online through their official website www.careerindianairforce.cdac.in. Earlier the registration date was marked as 16th December but now it will start from 18th of December 6 PM onward. The reason notified for the delay in registration process was website maintenance.

Four days ago, IAF announced that AFCAT entry test will be conducted as online for the first time. They signed with (C-DAC) abbreviated as Center for Development of Advanced Computing for development of online examination portal. Earlier when AFCAT exam usually conducted offline around 3-4 lakh aspirants use to apply, this will be the first time when AFCAT will be online in February 2018.

Aadhaar Mandatory for Filling AFCAT 2018 Application:

IAF has announced that while filling AFCAT online form candidates need their aadhaar number to fill online application form. Like engineering, medical, management and other prominent examination, this year IAF also made Aadhaar card compulsory for the AFCAT application form. This step will help the organization to keep the track record of any candidates till the selection process completes and to maintain transparency.

The last date to apply for AFCAT 1 2018 is 14th January 2018. As per tentative schedule AFCAT 2018 examination will be held in February 2018 . The applying candidates can opt Flying Branch, Technical Branch, Non-Technical (Administration, Logistics, Accounts, Education) branch while applying for AFCAT 2018.

Few days back it was announced that AFCAT 2018 Online Registration will start from 16th December but due to development of website www.careerindianairforce.cdac.in is showing “Registration will commence soon”. We have no clue that this delay of 3 days in registration process will affect the extension of last date of online filling form or the last date will remains the same. AFCAT 2018 Examination date is yet to e announced. Stay in touch with indiannewstalks.com for the further assistance.

Government extended December deadline for linking Aadhaar with bank accounts

Ahead to the crucial hearing in the Supreme Court in the Aadhaar case, the government issued a notification extending the date for linking bank accounts to Aadhaar. Prior to this, the government had set December 31, 2017, as the deadline for linking of Aadhaar number to bank accounts. “Submit the Aadhaar number and Permanent Account Number by 31 December, 2017,” says the notification that amends the Prevention of Money-laundering (Maintenance of Records) Rules, 2005, will be changed with “submit the Aadhaar number, and Permanent Account Number or Form No. 60, by such date as may be notified by the Central Government”.

In the notification issued on Tuesday, the government also clarified that those who opening new bank accounts will have to submit their Aadhaar details to banks within six months. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court said that a five-judge constitution bench would hear pleas on Thursday pursuing an interim stay on government’s decision of making compulsory linking of Aadhaar with various government schemes and welfare measures. There are other 45 government welfare schemes apart from linking of Aadhaar to bank accounts like the midday meal scheme, targeted public distribution system (PDS) and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA) on which still there’s no clarity.

On October 7, the Centre has told the apex court that the last date for compulsory linking of Aadhaar to enjoy various services and welfare schemes would be extended until March 31 next year. Coming to the last date for linking the mobile phone to the 12-digit Aadhaar is February 6, 2018, whereas the income tax department shifted the final date for obligatory linking of Aadhaar with PAN to March 31, 2018.

Deadline for linking Aadhaar could be extended to March 31 next year

On Thursday, the Centre informed the Supreme Court that it will extend the deadline for compulsory linking of Aadhaar for various services and welfare schemes till March 31 next year. However, the extension will be applicable only to those who do not have the Unique Identification Number yet.

The Attorney General KK Venugopal told the court that the government will issue notification for the extension by tomorrow. The Centre also said that the deadline for Aadhaar linking to cellphone numbers (Feb 6) won’t be extended as the date has been named by the top court. The petitioners, who had appealed against doing the linking of Aadhaar compulsory, have opposed to the provisional extension of the deadline. The advocate representing the side of the petitioner, Udayaditya Banerjee, said that “Our case is those who have Aadhaar must also be allowed not to link. There are fears that Aadhaar will be misused. We have challenged the Aadhaar scheme itself. We wanted the court to pass interim orders”.

The lawyer added that the interim order is expected next week when the court will hear the case again. Arguing that it violates people’s right to privacy and can be misused, the Supreme Court has been asked by the social activists to stop the Centre from making the linking of Aadhaar compulsory for bank accounts and mobile phone numbers. In the petition of social activists, they also challenge the validity of Aadhaar which contains biometric details like fingerprints and iris scans. Presently, the Aadhaar card number has to be linked to bank accounts, PAN cards, government services and cellphone services.

Aadhaar case: Supreme Court asks Centre to file response in 4 weeks on linking Aadhaar with mobiles

The apex court on Monday asked the Central government to submit a response on a plea challenging the compulsory linking of mobile numbers with Aadhaar numbers. The saffron party has been desperately demanding for the Aadhaar card to be mandatory and wants it to be linked with everything like pan card, bank accounts, driver’s license and mobile phones. A bench of Justice A K Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan gave the ultimatum of four weeks to the Centre to respond on the PIL filed by Raghav Tankha.

The Supreme Court has also issued notices to the telecom companies and Department of Telecom asserting on the compulsion of linking Aadhaar with mobile numbers. On the other hand, the court has given the time of four weeks to file their response for all the respondents. Prior to this, the court also criticized the West Bengal government for challenging the Aadhaar act. “How could the state government challenge a law passed by the Centre?” the court observed. The court further added that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee could challenge the Aadhaar law as an “individual” and a “citizen”. The court, on the other hand, also observed that “this way Centre would start challenging the laws passed by the States”.

Supreme Court slams Mamata Banerjee Government on Aadhaar card issue

On Monday, the Supreme Court scolded the West Bengal government for opposing Centre’s rule to link Aadhaar card with mobile numbers, criticizing the government it said that how a state can challenge Parliament’s mandate. The top court, on the other hand, also asked the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to file a petition as an individual. The Mamata Banerjee government had filed the plea would amend it and refile the same, reported ANI.

A bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said, “How can a state file such a plea. In a federal structure, how can a state file a plea challenging Parliament’s mandate.” The PTI quoted judges as saying that “You satisfy us how the state has challenged it. We know it is a matter which needs consideration”. “Let Mamata Banerjee come and file a plea as an individual. We will entertain it as she will be an individual,” the apex court said further. The court has asked for the reply of the Centre on this issue, directing them to reply in four weeks. The Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, had drawn the Centre in court on October 27 for its move to creating Aadhaar card compulsory to enjoy various schemes of government.

The 62-year-old West Bengal CM also made a public statement that she won’t link her mobile number with her unique identity number. Alleging that the government wants to disconnect her phone, Banerjee challenged the government and said that they can disconnect her phone if they wish to do so. “They (Centre) are interfering in the people’s rights and privacy. Aadhar number should not be linked with one’s mobile phone. I will not link my Aadhar number with my mobile even if my connection is snapped,” PTI cited her at the extended core committee of the TMC. “They (Centre) have unleashed an autocratic rule in the country. No one can raise voice against them, else I-T, ED, CBI will be unleashed,” the 62-year-old politician alleged.

Through a notification on March 23, the Department of Telecom (DoT) said that it is compulsory to link mobile numbers with Aadhaar numbers. On the other hand, the Central government had also made it necessary to file income tax returns and to benefit welfare schemes.