Unique Identification Authority of India or UIDAI, the agency that administers Aadhaar, last week introduced two new measures- virtual ID and limited KYC- to address security and privacy concerns around leakage of Aadhaar numbers and data.
The Aadhaar card is a unique ID number used for the Aadhaar card number which is issued by the UIDAI in the country to create a Virutal ID for each of the Aadhaar card numbers.
A citizen will have an option to use virtual ID wherever he is required under the law to authenticate himself. For example, if he is required `to disclose his Aadhaar number, or give his Aadhaar number for opening a bank account or to a telecom company, there he can use his virtual ID. If he can authenticate himself, then UIDAI will be able to understand this virtual ID belongs to this person.
How do Virtual Aadhar card is used :
- They do not have the chance to know the true card number behind the virtual ID.
- Only Aadhaar number holders would be able to generate a Virtual ID. Identities like Authentication User Agency (AUA) and KUA (KYC User Agency) cannot generate Virtual ID on Aadhaar holder's behalf.
The temporary virtual ID will give only limited details to the authorized agencies. For any kind of verification, only name, address and photograph will be shared. This will reduce the number of people who will know your Aadhaar number.
The Primary reason for issuing is They do not have the chance to know the true card number behind the virtual ID. It is included in the UIDAI website and in the mAadhaar mobile app.
Users can generate a Virtual ID after entering the basic details of their Aadhaar card. You will need to use this virtual ID, including your fingerprint, to remember that virtual ID and no longer anywhere.
If you have forgotten their virtual ID or if you have a suspicion that it is known for a long time, using a virtual ID, you can create a new virtual ID anytime.