Recently after the newspaper report stated breach in the Aadhaar data, the Unique Identification Authority of India today issued a two-layer security net — making a Virtual ID and barring Know Your Customer for the twelve-digit biometric code.
Thus against a bid to manage privacy concerns, the UIDAI launched a fresh method of ‘Virtual ID’ through which Aadhaar-card+ holder can make from its website and offer for many causes, comprising SIM checking, inlieu of giving the actual 12-digit biometric ID. It will provide the users the choice of not parting their Aadhaar number at times of authentication.
The Virtual ID is only a 16-digit random number carrying user biometrics giving to any authorised agency like a telecom company, limited data viz. name, address & specimen photograph that are okay for any verification. One can trigger any number of vids as the succeeding cancels the preceding virtual ids.
The Unique Identification Authority of India has also come out with the concept of ‘limited know your customer’ inwhich the need-based or limited info of a user are available to an authorised agency offering a specific service.
The Virtual Identity is only a temporary and also revocable sixteen-digit random number mapped to a resident’s Aadhaar number and the Aadhaar-issuing authority will commence accepting it effective 1.3.2018.
Later from 1.6.2018 it is mandatory for all undertaking agencies to agree with the Virtual ID from their users.
The not-migrating Agencies before the due date will challenge financial disincentives.
“Aadhaar number holder can have Virtual ID in place of Aadhaar number whenever authentication or KYC services are required. Authentication might be done with the Virtual ID in the same manner that of using Aadhaar number.
The initiation focus to guardian the privacy and security of Aadhaar data and arrives amid heightened matters around the collection and saving of personal and demographic data of individuals.
Users can head to the official website of UIDAI to make their virtual ID which will be valid for a certain period of time, or even till the user confirms to alter it.