This decision is in lieu of the times when much problems are rising due to the mismatch of biometrics, including those faced by senior citizens with fading fingerprints.
Coming back to the face authentication, this option would be allowed only in the fusion mode, along with other authentication option such as biometrics or one-time password i.e. OTP on the registered mobile.
According to UIDAI, it has already captured the face photo during enrollment. It further added that “Camera is now pervasively available on laptops and mobiles making the face capture easily feasible for AUAs without needing any additional hardware. Face authentication with liveness detection can be used as an additional factor to increase security”.
Also, a recent media statement from the authority added that “To facilitate this authentication service, UIDAI will work with biometric device providers to integrate face modality into the certified registered devices and also may provide standalone Registered Device (RD) service as required by the ecosystem”.
Even if UIDAI planned to release necessary details for implementation of the new feature on March 1, it would be officially available in production from July 1.
Lastly, according to UIDAI, more than 1,510 crore authentications have been performed as on date, out of which more than 1,045 crores are biometric authentications.