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Virtual ID(VID) to Protect the Privacy of Your Aadhaar Details

Virtual ID(VID) to Protect the Privacy of Your Aadhaar Details Virtual ID(VID) to Protect the Privacy of Your Aadhaar Details
Kristine Garrett | 13 January, 2018, 06:20

How this works is explained in a tweet by UIDAI itself, and it involves using a virtual ID in place of the Aadhaar number for any service being used for Aadhaar authentication.

The citizens will also have the choice for the reverse - which is to not generate their virtual IDs and continue using their Aadhaar numbers each time.

The extension is "subject to compliance of activation conditions laid down by the UIDAI", said a source.

From June 1, 2018 it will be compulsory for all agencies that undertake authentication to accept the Virtual ID from their users.

Existing Aadhaar numbers can be replaced with corresponding UID token by doing demographic match using authentication API.

However, keeping in mind the convenience of customers and also the looming March 31 deadline given by the Supreme Court for mobile SIM re-verification, UIDAI on December 21 allowed Bharti Airtel to use Aadhaar for re-verification of its mobile customers till January 10 with stiff riders.

Officials said a user can generate as many Virtual IDs as he or she wants.

To avoid the chance of an Authentication User Agency (AUA) misusing access to the massive database with the Aadhaar details of a billion people, the UIDAI has split them into two-Global AUAs and Local AUAs.

The survey conducted by citizen engagement platform LocalCircles to find people's take on the cyber security mechanism to protect their data said that 20 per cent were "somewhat confident" while 23 per cent were "quite confident" about UIDAI being able to protect their Aadhaar details from hackers and information sellers. There were further news reports of police reports being filed against the reporters, which were denied by UIDAI and MeitY.

It added that while it is important to ensure that Aadhaar number holders can use their identity information to avail products and services, the collection and storage of Aadhaar numbers by various entities had heightened privacy concerns.

"The new virtual ID is untested and unworkable".

The users have to visit UIDAI website and provide their 12-digit Aadhaar number.

Putting up a robust defence of the ambitious scheme of providing a 12-digit unique identity number to the citizens of the country, Union Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said finger print and iris data stored in the Aadhaar system are safe and secure and can not be breached even by "billions of efforts".

Consequently, Airtel Payments Bank terminated relationships with as many as 1,000 retailers for not following the due process while signing up customers, after the banking arm of Sunil Mittal-founded telecom carrier, conducted internal investigations to zero in on errors and lapses that led to its Aadhaar-based e-KYC licence getting suspended.

According to the newspaper the Tribune, the details of the 12-digit unique identification number is easily accessible.

"Aadhaar is here to stay!" May be in the coming days UIDAI will share more information. Global AUAs, potentially like banks will still need Aadhaar for Direct Benefit Transfers.

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