11 January 2018

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Know 14 Facts about Virtual Aadhaar ID Explained VID How to create Virtual Aadhaar ID

Know 14 Facts About Virtual Aadhaar Id.Explained What is Virtual Aadhaar ID
How to create Virtual Aadhaar ID?

To safeguard the data of Indian citizens, Aadhaar Card Number Holders Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Wednesday introduced 'Virtual ID' (VID) to safeguard Aadhaar cardholders' data.

Virtual ID, which would be a random 16-digit number, together with biometrics of the user would give any authorized agency limited details like name, address and photograph


VID, by design being temporary, cannot be used by agencies for de-duplication.

VID is revocable and can be replaced by a new one by Aadhaar number holder after the minimum validity period set by UIDAI policy,”

UIDAI also introduced the concept of 'limited KYC', which will provide need-based or limited details of a user to an authorized agency providing a particular service.

How the Virtual Aadhaar ID will work?

Know 14 Facts about Virtual Aadhaar ID

1-VID is a temporary, revocable 16-digit random number mapped with the Aadhaar number. This means it will not be possible to derive Aadhaar number from VID.

2-The last digit of the VID is the checksum using ‘Verhoeff’ algorithm as in Aadhaar number. The “Verhoeff” algorithm is a checksum formula for error detection developed by the Dutch mathematician Jacobus Verhoeff and was first published in 1969.

3-There will be only one active and valid VID for an Aadhaar number at any given time.

4-Aadhaar number holder can use VID in lieu of Aadhaar number whenever authentication or KYC services are performed.

5-Authentication may be performed using VID in a manner similar to using Aadhaar number.

6-The users will be able to generate, retrieve and revoke their Virtual ID number from UIDAI website, mAadhaar mobile app or Aadhaar enrolment centres

7- VID can be generated only by the Aadhaar number holder. They can also replace (revoke and generate a new one) their VID from time to time after the UIDAI set minimum validity period.

8- UIDAI will provide various options to Aadhaar number holders to generate their VID, retrieve their VID in case they forget, and replace their VID with a new number. These options will be made available via UIDAI’s resident portal, Aadhaar Enrollment Center and mAaadhaar mobile application, etc.

9- The Aadhaar-issuing body, UIDAI, will start accepting VID from March 1, 2018.

10- From June 1, 2018 it will be compulsory for all agencies that undertake authentication to accept Virtual ID from their users.

11- The Virtual ID, which would be a random 16-digit number would give limited details like name, address and photograph, which are enough for any verification

12- UIDAI will be releasing necessary APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) by 1 March and all agencies have been directed to make the necessary changes for the use of virtual ID, UID token and limited KYC and operationalize it by 1 June.

13- From June 1, 2018 it will be compulsory for all agencies that undertake authentication to accept the Virtual ID from their users

14- Users can go to the UIDAI website to generate their virtual ID which will be valid for a defined period of time, or till the user decides to change it.

The idea is good but what will happen if someone creates a software which will randomly create a fake Virtual Aadhaar ID if they are in possession of Aadhaar Database they can do it easily.

What if someone does not want to use smart phone, a phone connected to internet how he will use this service?

If someone at all does not wish to take any benefit from Indian government then why he should get one Aadhaar Number?

Does it mean that if someone does not have a Aadhaar Number he is anti-national and he is not national of India even if born in India

Government needs to keep Aadhaar number optional with full security like Virtual Aadhaar ID.

Virtual ID will complicate the things but it is necessary but what about the Indian citizens who have already submitted their Aadhaar Card Xerox copies or scanned copies to Banks, Credit Card companies and others.

If government wants to make it compulsory for Indian citizens to stop creation of black money, then make it compulsory for Non Resident Indians and also PIO Card Holders as they also enjoy the benefits given by government of India.

Hope Supreme Court of India will make and order government of India to keep Aadhaar Number optional.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

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