UIDAI Introduces Aadhaar Virtual ID and Limited KYC
13 January 2018, 03:22 | Erica Roy
This comes after news reports highlighted breaches in Aadhaar databases and that all you needed was Rs 500 and 10 minutes to get access to lakhs of Aadhaar IDs and corresponding information. Now, another flaw has been found in this "secure" system, where anyone can access the name of your Aadhaar-linked bank account via any phone.
A majority of 77 per cent said "both". However, his tweet, showing an image of his Aadhaar card, still carried the QR code that was enough for those with basic tech expertise to decode his demographic details, his bank account numbers, and other sensitive information.
As per the circular, a virtual ID will be valid for a defined period of time and every time a new one gets generated by the user, the older one gets automatically canceled. Also, as per UIDAI, service providers that undertake authentication will not be allowed to generate any Virtual ID on behalf of Aadhaar holders.
The UIDAI announced on Wednesday that Aadhaar card holders would now have a second layer of security - a 16-digit virtual ID (VID) which they could use to avail services instead of providing their 12-digit Aadhaar number. This is an effort to curb the number of people who will have access to the Aadhaar number.
Here's a 9-point explainer on how Virtual ID is supposed to work - and if it addresses security concerns. To use the IVR verification option, your mobile number has to be registered with the UIDAI database and your Aadhaar card and mobile number should be from the same state. All agencies offering assisted services shall inform their offices and operators to enable this option for Aadhaar number holders.
- They can also replace (revoke and generate new one) their VID from time to time after the UIDAI set minimum validity period.
A day after the Delhi Police confirmed registering of an FIR on January 5, based on a complaint by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the Aadhaar-issuing agency, IT minister sought to clear doubts over the government's position on the issue.
- Authentication may be performed using VID in a manner similar to using Aadhaar number.
Global AUAs should make changes in their systems to accept UID token, in addition to Aadhaar number and use it in their processes.
Vipin Nair, one of the advocates representing the petitioners who have challenged the Aadhaar Act in the Supreme Court said, "It is potentially a case of unmitigated chaos purely from an Information Technology perspective". Hence the deadline for linking Aadhaar with essential facilities has been repeatedly getting postponed.
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