Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

No need to share Aadhaar ID for verification says UIDAI

No need to share Aadhaar ID for verification says UIDAI

To address the privacy concerns, UIDAI introduced a new concept of "Virtual ID".

"The government is fully committed to as well as to maintaining security and sanctity of Aadhaar for India's development".

A majority of 77 per cent said "both".

After the recent report that revealed how Aadhaar authorized people are giving access to their account to other people for extra money.

Prasad also talked about how a number of fake accounts and teachers were identified with the help of Aadhaar cards, thus helping the government save precious resources. However, the questions remain about how the Limited KYC will work and how the virtual Aadhaar IDs will be generated. 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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The move to introduce an "untested" virtual ID to address security concerns over Aadhaar database is a step in the right direction, but may be a case of too little, too late, according to experts, as numerous 119 crore Aadhaar holders have already shared their 12-digit numbers with various entities. Even during activities such as filing for tax returns online, giving the virtual ID number in lieu of Aadhaar will make the transaction go through.

The second safety net is a "limited KYC" mechanism that will regulate how different agencies, such as banks or telecom companies, store Aadhaar details in their databases. Through Virtual ID feature, it will reduce the collection of Aadhaar numbers by various agencies.

"The new virtual ID is untested and unworkable". To use the IVR verification option, your mobile number has to be registered with the UIDAI database and your Aadhaar card and mobile number should be from the same state. Afterwards, a new one is generated, the old one will automatically become redundant. "VID is revocable and can be replaced by a new one by Aadhaar number holder after the minimum validity period set by UIDAI policy", the authority added. For Rs. 500 or around US$8.

Further referring to FIR filed in the Tribune case, he said negative views on Aadhaar will have negative reactions and hence, it would be better for people to have a constructive view on it. "I think, everybody has to accept Aadhaar is here to stay", the former UIDAI chief said. On March 11, it was reported that UIDAI was allowing 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 its banking arm.

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