To address the privacy concerns, UIDAI introduced a new concept of ‘Virtual ID’. Aadhaar number holders can generate this from the official website and use it in place of original Aadhaar number. So, people do not need to share the actual 12-digit biometric ID if they are really worried about the privacy of their data.
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After the recent report that revealed how Aadhaar authorized people are giving access to their account to other people for extra money. With this access, anyone can grab the personal details of a person with just Aadhaar number. While the Biometric data cannot be accessed, personal details can be used for marketing purpose.
So, UIDAI has added a way to actually hide the real Aadhaar ID and use the virtual ID. The virtual ID will be a random 16-digit number that can be used with biometrics for getting SIM or another kind of KYC verification. At the time of generating the Virtual ID, people will also have an option for defining the validity period of the Virtual ID. It will be expired after that time.
Users can generate as many Virtual IDs as he or she wants, but the newly generated ID will automatically cancel the older one. Users will be able to generate Virtual ID starting March 1, 2018.
At the time of generating the Virtual ID, people will also have an option for defining the validity period of the Virtual ID. It will be expired after that time.
This will discourage the collection of Aadhaar numbers by various agencies. UIDAI has also instructed all agencies using Aadhaar authentication and eKYC to start accepting 16-digit Virtual ID instead of Aadhaar number in their applications.
UIDAI has also introduced the concept of ‘limited KYC’ that allows users to provide need-based access to details. In this way, Aadhaar holder can control what data he/she wants to share with the agency that is providing a particular service.