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Government Introduces 16-Digit Virtual ID To Secure Aadhaar Amid Allegations Of Data Breach

NEW DELHI: UIDAI, the authority that runs the government's Aadhaar programme, on Wednesday gave people an option not to share their Aadhaar to authenticate themselves every time they access a service. Instead, the body said, it was coming up with a concept of a "Virtual ID", a 16-digit randomly-generated temporary number that people would be able to share instead of Aadhaar, from March-end.

The UIDAI, which had been working on the "Virtual ID" for months, made the announcement at a time privacy concerns around Aadhaar had peaked after a newspaper expose on unauthorised access of the UIDAI database earlier this month.

The new system is aimed at minimising instances of leak and misuse of Aadhaar numbers and enhancing privacy of the 119 crore people issued the identification number.

The Virtual ID, which would be a random 16-digit number, together with biometrics of the user would give any authorised agency like a mobile company, limited details such as name, address and photograph, which are enough for any verification.

Aadhaar-Mobile number linking: Sever Down ?

Since the government’s directive to mobile phone operators that they have to mandate linking of mobile numbers to Aadhaar in February this year, 50 crore subscribers have adhered to the new norms. That still leaves out 60 crore subscribers who are yet to fall in line.

OTP mode will leverage the mobile number which is already registered with the Aadhaar database, and can be used for re-verification of subscribers' other mobile numbers too.

Operators have been directed to facilitate request for the OTP to e-verify the cell phone numbers through websites or mobile apps. However If you visit any of the operator office they says that the server is down. I myself went to the Airtel & Idea office located in Electronic City , Bangalore.Finally after 2-3 visits i was able to verify it.
Nearly 50 crore mobile numbers are already registered in Aadhaar database, and the OTP can be leveraged for re-verification in all of these cases.

A goverment official said the telecom operators should provide an online mechanism for people to request for doorstep verification for disabled, critically ill or old persons.