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Why the UIDAI’s introduction of virtual ID won’t really change much

Aadhaar virtual id

The usefulness of Aadhaar's virtual ID and limited KYC features will be far lesser than the UIDAI is letting on. The UIDAI said on Wednesday evening that people can use a Virtual ID to mask their Aadhaar number while sharing their information with third parties. Also implemented is a limited KYC feature where the third parties will have access to only necessary Aadhaar details. But there is a catch, the the Aadhaar-issuing body plans to split the third party authenticators (like telecom providers, banks etc) into two groups and the virtual ID and limited KYC will only be useful for one of them. A notification sent out by the UIDAI goes into detail about how the two new features will be handled. The UIDAI will split the third parties, or Authentication User Agencies (AUAs) as it refers to them, into two…

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