This, UIDAI said, will reduce the collection of Aadhaar numbers by various agencies. In order to tell the masses that their personal information is safe, secure and can not be breached, the UIDAI introduced Virtual IDs. "I think everybody has to accept that Aadhaar is here to stay".
In a tweet, he said: "Under compulsion, millions of persons have already shared Aadhaar number with many service providers".
The authority will give several options to the Aadhaar number holders to generate the VID, replace the existing VID with a new one, and retrieve the VID if they have forgotten it. How to use Aadhaar Virtual ID or VIDAadhaar holders will be able to use Virtual ID or VID in place of Aadhaar number for any service where they are required to use Aadhaar authentication, according to the UIDAI. 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 cancelled. Later, the same was claimed to be false and it was claimed that the Aadhaar details are secure.
UIDAI will also introduce the concept of "limited KYC", which will provide need-based or limited details of a user to an authorized agency providing a particular service. The report debunked the stand of UIDAI and the government that its database can not be breached.
"This is a unique innovation to strengthen privacy and security of 119 crore Aadhaar holders".
The government issued biometric Aadhaar identification cards have been under controversy over alleged data breaches, with the public raising questions on how safe the details provided in the cards are.
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At an earlier hearing, he said he had supplied the information and described the legal action as "an abuse of process". He added: "We feel that this case has not been treated fairly and we will look deeply into this".
All the remaining AUAs will be branded as Local AUAs and will neither get access to full KYC, nor can they store the Aadhaar number on their systems.
While Nilekani had shrugged off the potential harm posed by his own tweet, even though he was alerted by tech specialists a number of times, he did in fact delete it months before the Aadhaar Act was passed in September 2016, which made publishing Aadhaar information online a criminal offence.
Following the reports, the UIDAI also filed a case against the news agency - The Tribune.
Back in December, the UIDAI had suspended Bharti Airtel and its banking arm, Airtel Payments Bank from conducting Aadhaar-based verification of customers, following complaints of the telco using Aadhar-eKYC based SIM verification process to open payment bank accounts of its subscribers without their informed consent.
Pandey said the virtual ID, or the "pseudo Aadhaar number" can be generated from a mobile application or the UIDAI website. Global AUAs, potentially like banks will still need Aadhaar for Direct Benefit Transfers. It will not reveal any of the user's Aadhaar details.
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