How UIDAI protect Aadhar privacy by ‘Virtual ID & Limited KYC’?

Do you really worried about the safety of your sensitive, personal information of Aadhaar data? Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has come up with a solution termed Virtual ID, in an attempt to eliminate possibilities of such data breach and misuse. 

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This significant attempt has been taken out by UIDAI in regards to the safety of the citizens of the country. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has introduced two new features Virtual ID and limited KYC (Know Your Customer) to limit the use of the 12-digit code for strengthening the privacy and security of Aadhaar number holders, which Aadhaar cardholders can generate from its website and use for various purposes, including SIM verification, instead of sharing the actual 12-digit biometric ID.

Vital facts about Aadhaar Virtual IDs

How to create Virtual ID?

  • The Virtual ID will end the need to share user’s Aadhaar number at the time of authentication. The ‘Virtual ID’, which would be a random 16-digit number, together with the biometrics of the user, would give any authorized agency like a mobile company, limited details like name, address, and photograph, which are enough for any verification.
  • The ID can be generated as many time as possible.
  • The older ID gets automatically canceled once a fresh one is generated.
  • Users can go to the UIDAI website to generate their virtual ID which will be valid for a defined period of time, or till the user decides to change it.
  •  This ID will be used to authenticate Aadhaar users through a new authentication method that UIDAI is calling Limited KYC.

How ‘Limited KYC’ acts?

  • The UIDAI has also introduced ‘limited KYC’, under which it will only provide need-based or limited details of a user to an authorized agency that is providing a particular service like telecom operators.
  • Limited KYC will allow agencies to do their own paperless KYC process without access to the Aadhaar number. This will eliminate agencies storing the Aadhaar numbers of users in their databases.
  • The ‘Virtual ID’ will be a temporary and revocable number mapped to a person’s Aadhaar number and the Aadhaar-issuing body will start accepting it from March 1, 2018.

Only users can generate ID

  • As per the UIDAI, agencies that undertake authentication would not be allowed to generate the ‘Virtual ID’ on behalf of the Aadhaar holder.
  • The UIDAI is instructing all agencies using its authentication and eKYC services to ensure Aadhaar holders can provide the ‘Virtual ID’ instead of Aadhaar number within their application.
  • As many as 119 crores biometric identifiers have been issued so far and Aadhaar is required as an identity proof by various government and non-government entities.

 For instance, the government has made it mandatory for verifying bank account and PAN to weed out black money and bring unaccounted wealth to book. The same for SIM has been mandated to establish the identity of mobile phone users.

Caution

From June 1, 2018, it will be compulsory for all agencies that undertake authentication to accept the ‘Virtual IDs’ from the users.

Agencies that do not migrate to the new system to offer this additional option to their users by the stipulated deadline will face financial disincentives. 

 

 

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