March 25, 2017

Aadhaar Biometrics Goes For A Toss

Aadhaar Biometrics Goes For A Toss

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has filed a criminal complaint with the cyber cell of Delhi Police against three entities in the lights of attempting unauthorized authentication and impersonation by using stored Aadhaar biometrics.

Axis Bank, Mumbai-based Suvidhaa Infoserve and Bengaluru-based eMudhra are ¬†firms being investigated. They have been served a “notice for action”.

Multiple consecutive transactions are not possible without biometrics being stored and their unauthorized use. UIDAI has said this is a clear violation and found an exact biometric match in multiple transactions and launched a case.

UIDAI officials noticed that one individual performed 397 biometric transactions between July 14, 2016 and February 19, 2017. Out of this, 194 transactions were performed through Axis Bank, 112 through eMudhra and 91 through Suvidhaa Infoserve.

The firms have come up with their versions of explanation.

Suvidhaa Infoserve CEO Paresh Rajde told that while testing the application, the developer had sent four transactions concurrently which is not allowed. There was no financial loss and It was a test transaction. He said his company was a business correspondent of Axis Bank and distributed Aadhaar-linked products on behalf of the bank and they were testing the application for the Axis Suvidhaa pre-paid card.

“This pertains to testing done by Suvidhaa, one of our business correspondents, on some of their clients on the UIDAI server. We would like to state that there is no financial loss caused by the testing done by Suvidhaa. We are in touch with UIDAI on this and would be sharing detailed responses on their queries soon.” an Axis Bank spokesperson said.

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