Tag: Uidai

Death of an Aadhaar-holder – Kaarana – Medium

Ever wondered what happens to someone’s Aadhaar once they pass away? Well, nothing happens. This is because UIDAI has not built any process or technology to handle an Aadhaar holder’s death. There are multiple issues that arise from this inability of UIDAI to handle death. FAQ from UIDAI website Now, have you wondered what happens […]

What UIDAI doesn’t tell you about offline use of Aadhaar for KYC

After the Supreme Court of India struck down the use of Aadhaar by private entities in its recent judgement, UIDAI and lobbying houses have been promoting the offline use of Aadhaar. This article tries to help you understand offline Aadhaar from the perspectives of an Aadhaar holder and a private business using Aadhaar for customer […]

Aadhaar — A Self Certified ID – Kaarana – Medium

Aadhaar — A Self Certified ID Public availability of cracked Enrollment software makes Aadhaar information equivalent to a Self Certified ID Anand Venkatanarayanan Follow May 2, 2018 · 5 min read The biggest question that the Asia Times news story raises about the compromised enrollment software is — Why UIDAI cannot fix it? This post […]

Insecure App Making – Kaarana – Medium

The application eco-system built around Aadhaar is vulnerable to malware. In this article we will describe this vulnerability in detail and how the conflicting requirements between utility, security, delegation and profit making, created the perfect environment for this vulnerability to come about in the Aadhaar system, as acknowledged by Nandan Nilekani himself. Security and Utility […]

It is the Math. that is the problem – Kaarana – Medium

Why do biometric devices that work in one setting do not work well in other settings? The usual answers to this question are: There is a variance in the conditions. Operator errors which will go away once everyone gets trained on using the device (including users). There are people who want to see the system […]

The inside man (Part 4) – Kaarana – Medium

A version of this story appeared in a different form in AltNews. Do read Part 1 (Very technical), Part 2 (Non technical) and Part 3 (Technical) for background. The Breach Was Aadhaar really breached? After all did not Nandan Nilekani, proudly say “Show me even one example of data theft. Aadhaar is very, very secure” […]

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