Face recog­ni­tion must for new SIM reg­is­tra­tion: UIDAI

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UIDAI has an­nounced a phased roll­out of face recog­ni­tion fea­ture as an ad­di­tional mode of au­then­ti­ca­tion, start­ing with tele­com ser­vice providers from Septem­ber 15. The au­thor­ity had ear­lier planned to roll out face recog­ni­tion fea­ture from July 1, a tar­get that was later pushed to Au­gust 1. It has also pro­posed a mon­e­tary dis­in­cen­tive for tel­cos found slip­ping on the pre­scribed tar­gets from mid Septem­ber. For au­then­ti­ca­tion agen­cies other than tele­com ser­vice providers (TSPS), UIDAI said spe­cific in­struc­tions will be is­sued on im­ple­men­ta­tion of face au­then­ti­ca­tion fea­ture, but did not give a fresh dead­line. Sig­nif­i­cantly, the UIDAI has said ‘live face photo’ cap­ture and its ver­i­fi­ca­tion with the photo ob­tained in EKYC will be es­sen­tial in those cases where Aad­haar is used for is­suance of mo­bile SIMS. UIDAI says the move is aimed at curb­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of fin­ger­print spoof­ing or cloning.

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