Amid Allegations Of Data Breach, UIDAI Introduces 16-Digit Virtual ID To Address Privacy Concerns

The Logical Indian Crew

January 10th, 2018 / 6:01 PM

virtual id

Courtesy: The Times of India | Image Credit: The Quint

UIDAI, the government body responsible for running the Aadhaar scheme, announced on Wednesday ‘virtual ID’ that Aadhaar card holders can generate from its website and give for various purposes, including SIM verification, instead of sharing the actual 12-digit biometric ID.

This will give users the option of not sharing their Aadhaar number at the time of authentication. The scheme will be made available from March 1. From June 1, it will be compulsory for all agencies to accept the virtual ID.

The ID would be a random 16-digit number. This, together with biometrics of the user, would be used by authorised agencies for identification. The ID limits sharing of details to name, address, photograph, etc.

UIDAI officials said that a user can generate as many virtual IDs as she wants because the older ID gets automatically cancelled once a new one is generated, reported The Times of India.

UIDAI will also introduce a limited KYC service that does not return Aadhaar number and only provides an ‘agency-specific’ unique UID token to eliminate many agencies from storing Aadhaar numbers while still enabling their own paperless KYC.

This comes after The Tribune’s report which claimed that anonymous agents on Whatsapp were selling access to Aadhaar database. A lot of questions were raised on UIDAI’s ability to secure the Aadhaar details of over 119 crore people.

While the virtual ID scheme would not give us the option to not share our Aadhaar number with authorised agencies, the issue of data breach from government websites itself, duplicate Aadhaar cards, still remains. The Logical Indian community hopes that the UIDAI fixes all loopholes.


Contributors

Written by : Pooja Chaudhuri

Edited by :

Share your thoughts..

Related Stories

Whatsapp Fake News Refuse To Disclose Location

WhatsApp Refuses Centre’s Demand To Disclose Origin Of Message To Curb Fake News, Due To Privacy Concerns

Data Protection Bill

TLI Explains: Know About India’s Draft Data Privacy Bill Which Seeks To Prevent Misuse Of Personal Data

5.6 Lakh Indian Users Affected By Data Breach; Facebook Introduces Tools For Users To Secure Data

Narendra Modi App Shares Users’ Personal Data With US Firm, Discreetly Changed Privacy Policy After Allegations Of Breach

Baal Aadhaar

UIDAI Introduces Blue Coloured ‘Baal Aadhaar’ For Kids Below 5 Years, Know About It

After Virtual ID, Aadhaar To Use Face Authentication Tool To Add Another Security Layer

Latest on The Logical Indian

News

Good News: Population Of Ganga River Dolphins Rises To 33 From 22 In 2015

News

Anil Ambani’s Reliance Sues NDTV For 10,000 Cr Over Show On Rafale Deal

Sponsored

A Teacher, Coach & Saviour: This Man Is Transforming Lives Through Basketball

Awareness

How Modi Government Drove India’s Most Profitable Company Under A Mountain Of Debt

News

Kerala Man Living In Saudi Removed From Job For Making Insensitive And Derogatory Remark On Sabarimala Row

News

Bengaluru Man Allegedly Molests 20-Yr-Old IndiGo Flight Attendant On Board, Arrested

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.