Here are five things to know about Aadhaar virtual ID or VID:
UIDAI launches Virtual ID.— Aadhaar (@UIDAI) April 2, 2018
Generate your VID from: https://t.co/8Opr7VubjM
Soon, service providers will start accepting VID in place of Aadhaar number. For now, you can use this for online address update in your Aadhaar from: https://t.co/JwJO4mFXwopic.twitter.com/CKeWozKQ1e
1. Virtual ID is a 16-digit random number, which together with biometrics of the user gives limited details such as name, address and photograph - enough for any verification.
2. A virtual ID or VID can be used in place of Aadhaar card number for various purposes, including mobile SIM verification.
3. Currently, Aadhaar card holders can use the virtual ID to request an update in their address fed into the Aadhaar database, according to the UIDAI. (How to change Aadhaar address)
4. "Soon, service providers will start accepting VID in place of Aadhaar number," the UIDAI said.
5. The UIDAI had in January this year introduced the concept of Virtual ID (VID) to safeguard Aadhaar cardholders' data amid privacy concerns around the programme.
The UIDAI provides several online facilities for Aadhaar holders. One of these online tools enables Aadhaar card holders to generate a 16-digit Virtual ID (VID) by entering their UID.
This tool can be accessed by clicking on the 'Virtual ID (VID) Generator' link on the homepage of the UIDAI portal.
The facility enables a user to verify his or her identity through an OTP- or One-Time Passcode-based process, according to the UIDAI website.
The Aadhaar platform helps service providers authenticate identity of residents electronically, in a safe and quick manner, making service delivery more cost effective and efficient.
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