Innovations can't be killed under 'garb of privacy': Centre on Aadhaar

Innovations can't be killed under 'garb of privacy': Centre on Aadhaar

The VID will be a temporary, revocable 16-digit random number mapped with the Aadhaar number.

A new Virtual ID can be now created for every Aadhaar card, which can be used whenever a 3rd party requires Aadhaar number for any verification or KYC process.

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 huge breach of his own confidential information that had occurred when he posted the picture of his Aadhaar card, with the QR code intact.

However, at such critical juncture, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) did deny accusations of Aadhaar data leak.

Moreover, this is useless in rural areas where paper-based copies of Aadhaar card are widely used, along with biometrics, to authenticate users, making the virtual ID layer of security an urban-centric stop-gap measure.

"If virtual IDs are made mandatory (and they aren't) that would address the privacy concern of multiple private entities being able to create detailed profiles of you by using your Aadhaar number".

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. This means that another 16-digit VID can be generated after a minimum validity period. 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.

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What is Virtual ID (VID)?

While granting the temporary reprieve to Airtel in December, UIDAI had instructed the firm to use the e-KYC and authentication service only for the objective of re-verification and issuance of SIM cards and not for obtaining consent of the Aadhaar holder for opening bank accounts, wallets, DTH or any other goods or services.

"It will not be possible to derive the Aadhaar number from the virtual ID", a circular issued by UIDAI said. Simultaneously, it has further regulated the storage of the Aadhaar number within various databases.

VID can be generated only by the Aadhaar number holder.

The Supreme Court on the last Wednesday also raised concerns over homeless who are not getting benefits of the social welfare schemes.

Speaking at another event under the aegis of Delhi School of Economics, Prasad showed his Aadhaar card to the audience and said: "The (Aadhaar) system contains my finger print and iris kept in safe and secure encrypted form which can not be broken even by billions of efforts".

Global AUAs should make changes in their systems to accept UID token, in addition to Aadhaar number and use it in their processes. Now it will be impossible to access your linked Aadhaar details. May be in the coming days UIDAI will share more information.

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