Days after a media report that Aadhaar details were being sold for as little as Rs 500, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Wednesday introduced virtual IDs for Aadhar holders which can be used in lieu of a person's Aadhaar number.
The ID can be generated from UIDAI the website and will eliminate the need to share the 12-digit biometric ID.
The virtual ID will be a random 16 digit number which will provide limited details like the name, address, and photograph of the holder.
The user can generate as many virtual IDs as he or she wants. The previous ID will get deleted once the new one is generated.
UIDAI said Wednesday it would "also introduce limited KYC service that does not return Aadhaar number and only provides an "agency specific" unique UID token to eliminate many agencies storing Aadhaar number while still enabling their own paperless KYC".
To further strengthen privacy and security of #Aadhaar number holders, UIDAI to introduce virtual ID for Aadhaar holders to use it in lieu of his/her Aadhaar number to avoid need of sharing of the Aadhaar number at the time of authentication: UIDAI
UIDAI to also introduce limited KYC service that does not return Aadhaar number and only provides an 'agency specific' unique UID token to eliminate many agencies storing Aadhaar number while still enabling their own paperless KYC: UIDAI