Unique Identification Authority of India(UIDAI) has introduced a concept of ‘Virtual ID’ to further strengthen privacy and security of Aadhaar number holders. Aadhaar number holder can use Virtual ID in place of Aadhaar number whenever authentication or KYC services are performed.
Aadhaar card holder can generate the Virtual ID from UIDAI website and give for various purposes, including SIM card verification, instead of sharing the actual 12-digit biometric ID.The Virtual ID will be a temporary and revocable 16 digit random number mapped to a person’s Aadhaar number.
UIDAI said, it will is not possible to derive Aadhaar number from Virtual ID. Aadhaar-issuing body will start the service from 1st of March this year and it will be compulsory for all agencies that undertake authentication to accept the Virtual ID from the 1st of June.