Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

New Aadhaar Virtual ID To Disclose Only Selective Information As Required

New Aadhaar Virtual ID To Disclose Only Selective Information As Required

UIDAI Unique Identification Authority of India on Wednesday introduced 'Virtual ID' (VID) to safeguard Aadhaar data.

The UIDAI is instructing all agencies using its authentication and eKYC services to ensure Aadhaar holders can provide the 16-digit Virtual ID instead of Aadhaar number within their application.

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.

UIDAI, the authority that looks after the Aadhaar programme, has reportedly announced creating of a new virtual ID system that will be built on top of Aadhaar.

Post a newspaper exposes on unauthorized access to its database previously on the last month and to secure the UIDAI Introduces New Virtual ID to Secure Aadhaar Data Privacy.

Instead, a random 16-digit Virtual ID number would be generated and could be used in lieu of Aadhaar with the authorised agency like banks and telecom service providers.

UIDAI will categorize all AUAs into two categories - "Global AUAs" and "Local AUAs".

Further, all service providers will also need to upgrade their systems to support the new tool from June.

Aadhaar was challenged legally in Supreme Court, to prevent misuse of the Aadhaar number and linked details.

The VID will be a temporary, revocable 16-digit random number mapped with the Aadhaar number. For an authentication request by agencies, UIDAI will send a UID Token, which is a specific number that will remain the same for a specific agency but will be different for different entities. The number would be valid only for a limited period of time.

Moreover, companies will get only need-based data from your Aadhaar. In order to tell the masses that their personal information is safe, secure and can not be breached, the UIDAI introduced Virtual IDs. Any non-compliance will invite action in the form of financial disincentives and termination of the said Agreement.

Nilekani was reacting to The Tribune's report from January 4, which alleged that the Aadhaar details of millions of users was easily accessible. For Rs. 500 or around US$8.

The report shows how Nilekani's personal information is still available online, and that the man steering the UIDAI ship was himself unaware of the vast breach of his own confidential information that had occurred when he posted the picture of his Aadhaar card, with the QR code intact.

Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Jan.8 said the government asked the UIDAI to request the Tribune and its journalist to assist the police in the investigation. Having your Aadhaar and bank account details just lends the attacker more credibility.

However, the suspension of the e-KYC licence of Airtel Payments Bank has still not been revoked.

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