How Aadhaar Virtual ID Works Beyond De-Duplication By Agencies?

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To eliminate parting of Aadhaar contents, the UIDAI officials have brought aadhaar virtual IDs with limited KYC sharing. The virtual id number of aadhaar will strengthen security, and prioritize privacy of aadhaar card residents replacing the sharing of aadhaar numbers in full for any authentication by agencies. Here how it works?

  • The final digit of the virtual identity is the checksum with the help of ‘Verhoeff’ algorithm mentioned in Aadhaar number.
  • There will be just an active and valid VID for an Aadhaar card number at any alloted time
  • The “Verhoeff” algorithm is one such checksum formula for wrong detection made by the Dutch maths professor Jacobus Verhoeff and was first introduced in the year 1969.
  • Aadhaar number cardholder can utilize VID inplace of Aadhaar number whenever authentication or KYC services are required.
  • Authentication might be done through VID in a manner as same as using Aadhaar number.
  • The de-duplication of VID is possible by agencies.
  • VID is also revocable and can be redone with a fresh one by Aadhaar number holder after the lowest validity period fixed by UIDAI policy.

Nearly 119 crores biometric identifiers have been given until now and Aadhaar is needed as an identity proof of residents by several government and non-government units.

While the Aadhaar cards linking has been sparsely discussed, the govt.’s scheme has challenged big roadblocks because of security matters.

Recently reported newspaper claimed that Aadhaar data of nearly a billion users were made available for only Rs.500 in only ten minutes. An FIR was sued against the journalist who issued the story, but many officials comprising the Supreme Court slammed UIDAI for the step.

Ofcourse, American whistleblower Edward Snowden too said it critical the move recently on his Twitter page. Snowden told inspite of an investigation, the journalist required to be rewarded for saying that the Aadhar database was not full-secured and could be had at just Rupees five hundred.

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