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It looks like you will now be able to confirm your identity through the wonders of face recognition. This applies to Aadhaar card holders and is avail through an app called FaceRD. The app is currently available on the Google Play Store and has been launched by the Unique Identification Authority of India. The technology that enables this function also allows users to be identified on various other Aadhar Authentication apps. These include the CoWin Vaccination Application, Farmer Welfare Schemes, and many others. 

A recent tweet by the official Aadhaar account states, “#FaceAuthentication Residents are now using the #Aadhaar Face Authentication feature by downloading the #UIDAI #RDApp, which can be used for various #Aadhaar Authentication Apps like #JeevanPraman, #PDS, #Scholarship schemes, #COWIN, #FarmerWelfare schemes.” 

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Residents are now using the #Aadhaar Face Authentication feature by downloading the #UIDAI #RDApp, which can be used for various #Aadhaar Authentication Apps like #JeevanPraman, #PDS, #Scholarship schemes, #COWIN, #FarmerWelfare [email protected]_MeitY @ceo_uidai pic.twitter.com/c5cZNXEGOz

— Aadhaar (@UIDAI) July 12, 2022

Here is how you can download the Aadhaar FaceRD app

Head on to the Google Play Store on your Android device and type in ‘Aadhaar FaceRD app’ into the search bar
You can then click on the install button to download the app on your device
Open the app and follow the prompts to activate the app

There is a bit of concern as it pertains to privacy and citizens’ rights but as far as we know, none of these concerns have been addressed yet. According to the UIDAI, all information will be stored in a Central Identity Data Repository, but as we all know, these servers can be broken into and user info leaked. We will just have to wait and see how the Indian government handles these issues. 





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