How is the government planning to minimise attempts at Aadhar theft with the new security system?

The UIDAI has launched a security system to identify fake fingerprints and thwart attempts at identity theft with Aadhar. This security system uses the latest artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms to identify counterfeit prints.

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All about the new security system launched for Aadhar authentication

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is the statutory authority established in January 2009 by the Government of India under the Aadhaar Act 2016 to issue Unique Identification numbers (UIDs), known as Aadhaar, to all residents of India. UIDAI is responsible for enrolling and authenticating Aadhaar holders and managing the Aadhaar number database.

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  • Importance of Aadhar authentication: Aadhar authentication helps identify individuals accurately and securely, thereby reducing fraud and identity theft. Aadhar authentication is used for various government services, including banking, taxation, welfare benefits, and online applications such as mobile phones, passports, and driving licenses. It also helps authenticate individuals for various services, from travel to health care. In addition, Aadhar authentication is used to establish an individual's identity to receive government subsidies and benefits and access public services.
  • New security system for Aadhar authentication: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has launched a new security system for Aadhaar-based fingerprint authentication and quicker detection of forgery attempts. The new system uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) algorithms to detect fake fingerprints and thwart attempts at identity theft. The new system has been developed in partnership with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. It is designed to provide security for Aadhaar users and reduce identity theft risk.

The system captures and analyses an individual's fingerprint. It then compares the captured fingerprint with the stored template to verify the identity. AI and ML algorithms detect forgery or tampering with the fingerprint biometric. The new system is expected to improve the accuracy of biometric authentication and reduce the chances of identity theft. In addition, it will likely reduce the time taken for authentication and improve the overall user experience.

The new system is being rolled out and integrated into the existing Aadhaar infrastructure. It is a significant step forward in providing better security for Aadhaar users and protecting their personal information.

A few features of the new security system include:

  1. Enhanced security: The new security system includes dynamic authentication that uses a combination of fingerprint, iris, and OTP (one-time password) authentication to provide an additional layer of security.

  2. Spoof detection: The new system uses advanced liveness detection algorithms to detect attempts to spoof the Aadhaar authentication process using photographs, recordings, masks, etc.

  1. Faster authentication: The new system is designed to reduce the authentication time from up to 10 seconds to less than 1 second.

  1. Automated system: The new system does not require manual intervention to detect spoofing attempts.

  1. Low-cost solution: The new system is designed to be cost-effective, requiring no additional hardware or software.

How will the new security system minimise spoofing and theft?

The new security system for Aadhaar- based fingerprint authentication and quicker detection of spoofing attempts works by using Liveness Detection Technology. This technology detects whether the person in front of the scanner is alive. It looks for certain facial features and other biometric information to notice whether the person is alive. This ensures no one can spoof the fingerprint authentication system using a fake finger. Furthermore, the system can also detect attempts at imitating with increased accuracy and speed. This means that spoofing attempts can be seen more quickly, and the chances of successful spoofing are significantly reduced.

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UIDAI's newly launched security system for Aadhar authentication will help the government and individuals detect spoofing and theft as it uses the latest IT and AI algorithms.


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