UIDAI introduced the idea of a virtual ID in connection with its various privacy concerns. UIDAI has introduced the idea of virtual ID, and that needs to be generated from the official website of UIDAI. The virtual ID would be helpful for different purposes like sim verification and other stuff. The trend of virtual ID would reduce the risk of sharing 12-digit biometric ID. The idea of virtual ID would prevent the users from sharing their personal Aadhaar number at the time of verification.
A 16 digit number will be randomly generated as the virtual ID that would provide limited details like name, photograph and address to the authorized agency. UIDAI also clarified that the virtual ID will be a temporary and revocable 16 the digit and random number that would be available from March 1, 2018. From June 1, 2018 it would become compulsory for the agencies to accept the virtual ID from the users. According to the statements of a UIDAI circular, Aadhaar user could use the Virtual ID in the place of Aadhaar number whenever authentication or KYC services are performed. Authentication may be performed using the Virtual ID in a similar manner like using Aadhaar number.
The decision indicates an initiation to strengthen the privacy and security of Aadhaar data. Users would have to visit the official website of UIDAI and they would be required to follow instructions for generating the virtual ID. The virtual ID would be valid for a particular span. The decision would be helpful in for different agencies as they would get freed from the burden of keeping a huge collection of Aadhaar data.