Soon no need to share Aadhaar ID for verification: UIDAI

Soon no need to share Aadhaar ID for verification: UIDAI

The VID can be used for authentication instead of the actual 12-digit Aadhaar number. It thus "allows an agency to ensure uniqueness of its beneficiaries, customers etc. without having to store the Aadhaar number in their databases while not being able to merge databases across agencies thus enhancing privacy substantially", as a recent UIDAI circular pointed out.

While Nilekani had shrugged off the potential harm posed by his own tweet, even though he was alerted by tech specialists a number of times, he did in fact delete it months before the Aadhaar Act was passed in September 2016, which made publishing Aadhaar information online a criminal offence. But it wouldn't address concerns people have relating to security, to exclusion from benefits, to the centralized biometric database, nor to Aadhaar facilitating various governments gaining an overall view of your life,"said Pranesh Prakash, policy director at think tank Centre for Internet and Society".

"And at that time, it was felt that let us first give Aadhaar number, let us see how it plays out and then, at an appropriate time, this will be introduced", he said.

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Wednesday introduced two new layers of security for Aadhaar-Virtual ID and Limited KYC. UIDAI will now issue a 16-digit Virtual ID to prevent Aadhaar number from being shared.

"VID, by design being temporary, can not be used by agencies for de-duplication". The virtual ID will be a random 16-digit number that can be used with biometrics for getting SIM or another kind of KYC verification. It is not possible to derive Aadhaar number from VID.


The VID is revocable and can be replaced by a new one by Aadhaar number holder after the minimum validity period set by UIDAI.

VID can be generated only by the Aadhaar number holder. The VID technique is something similar to the access code generated for employees in the IT sector for their vital job assignments.

In case any person generates a new Virtual ID, then the old one will automatically expire. The Aadhaar holder will also have the option to take up Aadhaar authentication through the existing method, by quoting the UID.

He noted that the damage has been done as millions of citizens have already shared their unique ID number with service providers. The limited KYC categories will be "local AUAs".

Thus, already the database of Aadhaar card holders has been available to these American companies which are linked to United States security agencies, the editorial said. In response to an authentication request from a local AUA, UIDAI will return a unique identity token-a 72-character alpha-numeric string that will only work in the local AUA's system. Agencies whose services, by law, require them to store the Aadhaar number will be qualified as Global AUAs and will enjoy access to full demographic details of an individual along with the ability to store Aadhaar numbers within their system.

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