Aadhar Virtual ID: A decade-lasting debate on the “Individual’s Freedom of Privacy” under the Article 21 of the Constitution in lieu of “Aadhaar Card System” has been proved futile a few hours ago.
“The news report in ‘The Tribune newspaper’ that exposed the security breach proved that it took a reporter only Rs 500 and 10 minutes to access (the entire database of all Indian citizens) – Aadhaar database and its load of demographic details – such as names, addresses, postal codes, phone numbers, photographs and e-mail addresses of people enrolled in the programme”
Government Launches Aadhar Virtual IDs & Limited KYC for better security
How Was The Aadhar Card Introduced By the Government of India?
Aadhaar (means – Foundation) is the brain-child of the then existing government which was UPA on 28th January 2009. Inspired by the ‘Social Security Number’ system in the US, the UPA government spearheaded in launching its most prestigious project under the surveillance of the government agency called “UIDAI” (Unique Identification Authority of India). On 23 June 2009, Nandan Nilekani, the co-founder of Infosys, was appointed by the then government with a budget of ₹8,793.9 crore (US$1.4 billion). Since its inception, this project has been subjected to many legal battles. The top-notch, think-tanks of India have argued that this project is against the ‘Fundamental Rights of Freedom’ and breaches the ‘Freedom of Privacy’ slated in the constitution of India.
How Is The Aadhar Card Helpful To The Indian Citizens?
However, UIDAI continued its efforts and linked a 12-digit number of Aadhaar card to all privileges, those that are provided by the Government per se – Direct Money transfer to beneficiaries, LPG subsidies etc., instilling the confidence in the minds of people,
“No information is divulged to any agency without the consent of the concerned individual, it cannot be construed to violate any privacy”.
The present NDA Government machinery and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had earlier opposed Aadhaar, listened to Nandan Nilekani and gave a green signal to resume this project.
As per the annals of Indian Economic system and in view of the then Prime Minister of India – Rajiv Gandhi expressed many concerns as to how “Out of every rupee spent by the Indian government, barely 15 paisa reaches its citizens”. ‘A Planning Commission study done six years ago on the Public Distribution System found 27 paise reaching the citizens. The remaining 73 paise went on payments of salaries, administrative costs, and corruption’. With the latest findings of the reporter of ‘The Tribune newspaper,’ a colossal budget or tax-payers’ money seems to have gone down the drain. The “Digital System” is taken for granted that nobody can access such a vast data of information.
What is Aadhar Virtual Id? And How It will be useful to prevent the Data Breach?
A few hours after the discovery of the leakage and loopholes in the cyber system, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, India has alerted the people to utilize “Virtual Cards” in place, where one has to use his/her Aadhaar card. A ‘Virtual Card’ is a 16-digit ID, which helps to protect our personal data. This new facility will be available to the public by the end of March 2018.
The UIDAI has alerted Indian Citizens to use a “Virtual ID card” in place of Aadhaar card. Unlike Aadhaar Card, the upcoming ‘Virtual Card’ doesn’t reveal our personal information. This ‘Virtual ID’ card works just like an ‘Aadhaar card’ and facilitates every privilege in its place. A consumer can generate one’s own ‘Virtual Card’ whenever and wherever one wants. This ‘Virtual Card’ automatically gets deactivated after the purpose of the consumer is served. UIDAI expressed its concerns that if this sort of ‘sensitive’ data goes into the hands of fraudulent people, there is every chance of getting our information misused. Having accepted the information of ‘Aadhaar Cards’ being hacked, the government has expressed its grievance that it is out of its control to help to protect the “Freedom of Privacy” of people in India.
Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, India has confirmed the fact that the eminent cricketer – Mr. M.S. Dhoni’s information has also been hacked out of “Aadhaar card” database.
Aadhar Virtual ID – How To Generate It? & Important Things To Know About Aadhar Virtual Id – Limited KYC Introduced By UIDAI
The Aadhar virtual ID is the temporary number contains 16 digits.
The Aadhar virtual id will be automatically generated whenever the users require it.
Virtual Id can be generated, retrieved, or revoked through the UIDAI Official website, uidai.gov.in.
16-digit random number (virtual ID) can be generated through the UIDAI website from 1st March 2018.
The Government of India is going to make the virtual id compulsory for authentications from 1st June 2018.
Only Aadhar card users can be able to generate ids like Authentication User Agency (AUA) and KUA (KYC User Agency) cannot generate Virtual ID on Aadhaar holder’s behalf.
The Government of India has said that the Virtual ID can be used in place of Aadhar Card number to provide the authentication. As per the Government norms, the authentication will be offered through the KYC Or Virtual ID.
The minimum validity for Virtual ID will be provided by UIDAI. It can be changed/altered as per time period.
UIDAI has also brought the Limited KYC system. Using this system, the Aadhar clients can provide only the limited details as per the need. This also prevents the exploitation of details.