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What Is Aadhaar's New Virtual ID and How You Can Get One

What Is Aadhaar's New Virtual ID and How You Can Get One”

What is Virtual ID (VID)?

Instead of sharing their Aadhaar number people now busy and started sharing a randomly-generated 16-digit temporary number for the different services.

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has allowed Bharti Airtel to continue Aadhaar-based e-KYC verification of telecom subscribers till March 31, but has not withdrawn the current eKYC licence suspension order on Bharti's banking arm, two people aware of the matter said.

Where to get the VID? . Pandey told ET that in case service providers resort to unscrupulous means of retrieving the Aadhaar number, they will be conducting a "criminal offence" and will be punished by the law.

Officials said a user can generate as many Virtual IDs as he or she wants. You can also generate/replace VIDs on the Aadhaar mobile app and at enrolment centres. Within 10 minutes the agent gave a login ID and password, thus giving unrestricted access to details of over 1 billion Aadhaar numbers. In the current system, the five details of the Aadhaar holder is shared - name, date of birth, address, photo and mobile number - with the service provider at the time of authentication. Lawyers say there is no legal recourse now available for citizens whose Aadhaar numbers are being stored by banks or telecom companies/insurers. Although whether the latest initiative from UIDAI fixes Aadhaar problems or not is something that will be clear only when more details of the virtual Aadhaar ID are revealed.

"Virtual ID will be a temporary, revocable 16 digit random number mapped with the Aadhaar number".

On March 1, the UIDAI is expected to release the APIs (application programming interface) required to make this system work, and AUAs will be expected to comply with it by June 1. Such entities will only have access to "Limited KYC" and will not be allowed to store Aadhaar number within their systems.

The Delhi police filed an "open-ended FIR" following a complaint by the Unique Identification Authority of India against The Tribune newspaper and its reporter. Banks say that they have not received any information from RBI or UIDAI on deleting the Aadhaar numbers now in their database. The first kind of authentication agency would include banks and income tax authorities and would be granted complete access to an individual's details.

This flies in the face of the (UIDAI - the agency responsible for building and maintaining the Aadhaar database) assertion from last November that Aadhaar data is completely "safe and secure and there has been no data leak or breach at UIDAI".

When will the limited KYC and UID Tokens be in place? As with anything made of 0s and 1s, security can't simply be enabled by flipping a switch; the standard for security changes constantly as new flaws are discovered.



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