The UIDAI or Unique Identification Authority of India has introduced an optional method of Aadhaar authentication. Called Virtual ID or VID this alternate way for Aadhaar holders to take up Aadhaar authentication is meant to further strengthen privacy and security of Aadhaar holders the UIDAI the issuer of the 12-digit Aadhaar number as well as Aadhaar card on microblogging site Twitter.
Even to the income tax department or other agencies required by law to map Aadhaar people don’t have to give their Aadhaar number and can authenticate using the Virtual ID Ajay Bhushan Pandey CEO of the Unique Identification Authority of India told ET in an exclusive interview. The new measures come into effect from June of this year. Aadhaar will not come on the front-end device unless the customer gives it by choice.
Virtual ID is a camouflage Aadhar number. If you’re going somewhere and you have to prove your identity, you give your Aadhaar number. Even for online verification, you give Aadhaar number. Aadhaar is not secret information but has personally sensitive data like bank account number and mobile number. We have added another layer on Aadhaar have been working on it for last one and half years.
This was done to address privacy concerns after a news report claimed a breach in the Aadhaar database. Under the new system at the user end the Aadhaar holder will have the choice not to share their Aadhaar number at the time of authentication. Instead, a random 16-digit Virtual ID number would be generated and could be used in lieu of Aadhaar with the authorized agency like banks and telecom service providers.
Meanwhile, Aadhaar is to be linked with bank accounts investments in small savings schemes and mutual funds, mobile SIMs, PAN cards and various government schemes by March 31, 2018. Aadhaar authentication is the process by which an Aadhaar holder’s Aadhaar number along with the demographic information or biometric information is submitted to the Central Identities Data Repository for verification.