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Establishing identity a cellphone call away: Nilekani

Last Updated: Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 17:58

New Delhi: Establishing the identity of any
person would be a cellphone call away once the ambitious
Unique Identity Project (UIP) becomes operational, perhaps
making it the first such initiative across the world.

The UIP, which aims to build a database on details of
every Indian resident, will provide authorities to cross-check
identities of persons they are dealing with using a cellphone,
Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI) Chairman Nandan
Nilekani said here today.

"If anybody wants to confirm the identity of a person,
all he has to do is to take the thumbprint or fingerprint of
the person on a cellphone and send it across to the central
database and receive authentication within seconds," he said
delivering the CSIR Foundation Day Lecture here.

He said the UIDAI was in the process of designing and
developing systems that will make such navigation possible.

Nilekani said that UIDAI would perhaps be the first body
in the world to make available online authentication where
agencies can compare demographic and biometric information of
the resident with the record stored in the central database.

However, the online authentication would be done only
through a `Yes or No` response and the UIDAI will not share
resident data with the authorities, he said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 17:58
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