Aadhaar adds new security layer with 16-digit 'Virtual ID'

Ajay Bhushan Pandey spoke to NDTV about virtual ID

Ajay Bhushan Pandey spoke to NDTV about virtual ID

After the Aadhaar leak debacle, UIDAI had been left red-faced and people were worrying for their privacy.

"The new virtual ID is untested and unworkable". "The Aadhaar data, including biometric information, is fully safe and secure", the authority had said in a statement, calling the report in The Tribune "a case of misreporting".

"The last digit of the VID is the checksum using "Verhoeff" algorithm as in Aadhaar number". However, the new system of KYC does not require the Aadhaar Number. It's an optional service, and it would be a 16-digit random number mapped on to the 12-digit Aadhaar number.

- Authentication may be performed using VID in a manner similar to using Aadhaar number.

"We can confirm that the UIDAI had permitted Bharti Airtel to continue Aadhaar based e-KYC till March 31, 2018, subject to compliance to guidelines laid down by the authority", a Bharti Airtel spokesman said in a written response to ET's queries Thursday.

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Mr. Jonnalagadda added that Authentication User Agencies (AUAs) categorised as "global AUAs" by the UIDAI will be exempted from using the virtual IDs. "But services of 'global AUAs" will not be accessible through VID - for instance, you will have to provide your Aadhaar ID for a passport.

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Taking to his Twitter handle Chidambaram said, "Under compulsion, millions of persons have already shared Aadhaar number with many service providers".

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.

The new proposed measures involve giving virtual identification for the ID holders, so that the actual Aadhaar numbers need not be shared by them to authenticate their identity.

Global AUAs should make changes in their systems to accept UID token, in addition to Aadhaar number and use it in their processes. The number would be valid only for a limited period of time.

UIDAI has been under the radar of various media agencies for some time now.

The move came after reports revealed that anonymous sellers on Whatsapp were offering Aadhaar details of more than a billion Indians in exchange of a meagre sum of Rs 500.

Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Jan.8 said the government asked the UIDAI to request the Tribune and its journalist to assist the police in the investigation. Hence the deadline for linking Aadhaar with essential facilities has been repeatedly getting postponed.

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