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Moneylife Foundation Event Update: UID/Aadhaar: Can fingerprints be faked?

Moneylife Foundation, UID, Aadhaar, event, UIDAI, government, poor, forensic, fingerprints, FevicolJT D’souza, who has been trained at Canon, Japan, on design of computerised test systems for facsimile and photocopiers, showed how fingerprints can be faked at the Moneylife Foundation seminar on 12 January 2013


At the Moneylife Foundation seminar conducted at Royal Bombay Yacht Club, Jude Terrence D’souza, a Mumbai-based forensic expert, showed to the full house of audience on how UID/Aadhaar can be undermined by faking of fingerprints. Mr D’souza showed a demo on how pre-spoofed prints made from wax and Fevicol can be accepted as valid fingerprints. After watching the demo, audience must have wondered if the entire UID project is a non-starter.
 
According to Mr D’souza, it is extremely easy to forge fingerprints and fool biometric devices. By their very nature, convergence creates an automatic privacy subverting infrastructure and concentrates power in the hands of those controlling the technology. Mr D’souza says that the UIDAI has not only multiplied this danger, but unknowingly introduced massive vulnerabilities in the processes of creating and establishing identity. Earlier in the session, he gave a short introduction to fingerprint and iris biometrics. He explained the intrinsic and extrinsic flaws inherent in biometrics.
 
During the first session, Col (retd) Mathew Thomas explained the effort to promote “cash transfers” using UID/Aadhaar and what this means to the bank customers. UID/Aadhaar is a scheme promoted to eliminate corruption in welfare schemes so that the poor have access to welfare, but Col Thomas exposed some of the more pernicious side of the UID scheme along with the deceit in the utterances and actions of UIDAI and the Government.
 
The UK government had scrapped the National ID Card Act of that country. They have the problems of terrorism and illegal immigration, for which the Blair government thought that a biometric national ID card system was the answer. They passed the Act, appointed contractors and went ahead. The new government scrapped the Act and the project. In doing so, the UK government said, “We propose to do government business as servants of the people, not their masters”. 

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Nikita

4 years ago

Gives me yet another reason to not apply for this card. I hope I'm not forced to apply for it as the government I believe has already made it compulsory now. Probably, the whole system will fail by the time I make up my mind to go for it!

Ram Das

4 years ago

I noticed that Moneylife deleted Mukesh Kamath comment soon after it was posted. Mr. Kamath provided counterpoints and factual evidence as rebuttal to Thomas' views. There was nothing offensive, inaccurate or derogative to Mr. Kamath's comments. There is no point in posting comments if Money life can not respect basic right of the readers.
lease put back Mr. Kamath's comment.

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Mathew Thomas

In Reply to Ram Das 4 years ago

I have replied at length to Mukesh Kamath's posting. Please read that. 'Money Life' has bot "removed" it, as you allege. If your aim was to sling mud, hoping some of it will stick, that is a forlorn hope.

Sucheta Dalal

In Reply to Ram Das 4 years ago

You are so dubious. You reveal the fact that you are working with UIDAI contractors and clearly colluding with whoever Mukesh Kamath is. Why dont you check the correct article before making vile and dubious allegations.

Nothing exposes your motives more than this. So please find some other place to post your tainted views. Certainly not required on Moneylife.

Sucheta Dalal

In Reply to Ram Das 4 years ago

You are so dubious. You reveal the fact that you are working with UIDAI contractors and clearly colluding with whoever Mukesh Kamath is. Why dont you check the correct article before making vile and dubious allegations.

Nothing exposes your motives more than this. So please find some other place to post your tainted views. Certainly not required on Moneylife.

240p FLV

In Reply to Sucheta Dalal 4 years ago

These Aadhar people are bunch of paranoid lunatics. As usual wrong. But then:
"It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his income depends upon his not understanding it!" - Upton Sinclair

Moneylife Foundation’s seminar on UID/Aadhaar, a medicine possibly worse than the disease

The Aadhaar project was supposed to eliminate corruption in welfare schemes and provide the...

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BSE Sensex, Nifty under selling pressure: Weekly Market Report

The Nifty has to rally above 6,030 for a fresh upmove to start. A decline below 5,930 will trigger further selling

The market ended lower in the week as subdued macro-economic data overshadowed the upbeat guidance from IT major Infosys. Inflation data for December, which will be announced on Monday, and corporate results for the December quarter will drive the market in the week ahead.

 

The Sensex closed the week down 120 points (0.61%) at 19,664 and the Nifty finished at 5,951, a cut of 65 points (1.08%). The market is under selling pressure. The Nifty has to rally above 6,030 for a fresh upmove to start. A decline below 5,930 will trigger further selling.

 

The market settled in the negative on Monday on subdued global cues. The benchmarks settled in the positive on Tuesday on late buying in realty, FMCG and healthcare sectors. The market settled lower on Wednesday on the geopolitical tensions between India and Pakistan after brutal killing of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir the previous day.

 

The indices settled marginally lower on Thursday on nervousness a day ahead of the official kick-off of the December quarter results season. A contraction in industrial output for the month of November and lower exports in December pulled the market down on Friday.

 

BSE IT (up 8%) and BSE TECk (up 6%) were the top sectoral gainers while BSE Capital Goods (down 5%) and BSE Consumer Durables (down 4%) were the biggest losers in the week.

 

Infosys (up 16%) led the Sensex pack on its upbeat revenue guidance for FY13. Other top gainers on the benchmark were Tata Motors (up 5%), Wipro (up 4%), ONGC (up 3%) and Maruti Suzuki (up 1%). The key losers were Hindustan Unilever (down 7%), BHEL, Larsen & Toubro, Jindal Steel & Power (down 6% each) and Hindalco Industries (down 4%).

 

The Nifty leaders were Infosys (up 15%), Tata Motors (up 5%), Wipro (up 4%), ONGC (up 3%) and HCL Technologies (up 2%). The chief losers were Ambuja Cements (down 10%), Jaiprakash Associates, UltraTech Cement (down 8% each), HUL and BHEL (down 7% each).

 

Declining for the eighth month in row, India’s exports contracted by 1.92% in December 2012 to $24.8 billion. Imports, on the other hand, grew by 6.26% to $42.5 billion in the same month, widening the country’s trade deficit to $17.6 billion in December.

 

Industrial production declined 0.1% in November 2012, government data released on Friday showed. Meanwhile, the government revised upwards industrial production growth for October 2012 to 8.34% from 8.21% reported earlier.

 

Railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on Wednesday a hike in passenger fares ranging from 2 paise per km to 10 paise per km with effective from the midnight of 21 January.  The government is unlikely to give more funds to the Railways and several modernisation projects can be undertaken only if the Railways can generate enough revenues, the minister said while justifying the hike.

 

Fitch Ratings on Tuesday reiterated its negative outlook on India's sovereign rating and said it is worried more about the country's deteriorating fiscal outlook than a slowdown in economic growth and price pressures. Inflation and growth are likely to stabilize in the near term, but India's widening current-account and fiscal deficits have become a greater concern, it added.

 

In international news, the European Central Bank held interest rates at a record low of 0.75% and announced no new stimulus measures on Thursday. The Bank of England also left its base interest rate and its monetary stimulus program unchanged, as widely anticipated.

 

The Japanese government said on Friday, it will spend 10.3 trillion yen ($116 billion) to boost growth in prime minister Shinzo Abe's first major policy initiative. Around 3.8 trillion yen will be for disaster prevention and reconstruction, with 3.1 trillion yen directed to stimulating private investment and other measures.

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