How Aadhaar Virtual ID Works?
In order to increasing security and safety of Aadhaar information, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) introduced ‘Virtual ID’ (VID) to safeguard cardholder’s data. The UIDAI has introduced a temporary 16-digit virtual ID for Aadhaar holders that can be used in place of their Aadhaar numbers for authentication purposes. This new system is to minimise the chances of leaks and misuse of Aadhaar numbers. This might come into effect from end of March.
Now, let us check out how this Aadhaar Virtual ID works
These days, every were people are demanding Aadhaar number in order to authenticate their identity. However, by end of march people will have an option to share a Virtual ID instead. Were a Virtual ID will be a temporary and revocable 16-digit random number that is mapped with the Aadhaar number. Every Aadhaar holders can generate or retrieve their Virtual ID number from UIDAI website, mAadhaar mobile app or Aadhaar enrolment centres.
The virtual ID will give only limited details to the authorized agencies for any kind of verification, such as name, address and photograph will be shared. The Virtual ID will be revocable, and a Aadhaar holder would be able to generate as many Virtual IDs as he or she wants. The older ID would automatically get cancelled once a fresh one is generated. There will only be one active and valid Virtual ID for any Aadhaar number. UIDAI will set a minimum validity period for a Virtual ID, so that the Aadhaar holder would be able to replace their ID from time to time. Identities like Authentication User Agency (AUA) and KUA (KYC User Agency) cannot generate Virtual ID on Aadhaar holder’s behalf. Since Virtual ID is temporary, agencies will not be able to use it to remove duplicates or ghost beneficiaries from their database. They will still need Aadhaar to do it.