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Govt moves to firewall Aadhaar with 16-digit virtual ID, token, limited KYC

INTRODUCING ONE of the most significant changes since its inception, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has added another layer of protection on the use of Aadhaar as proof of identity. The UIDAI said Wednesday that it has introduced Virtual IDs (VID) that Aadhaar holders will be able to generate for a temporary period and can use in place of Aadhaar numbers to validate their identity. This temporary number, […]

Aadhaar data breach: UIDAI must address privacy concerns urgently; simply denying leak not enough

A report in The Tribune on Thursday revealed that access to any Aadhaar holder’s details could be gained, through a mere payment of Rs 500, via an anonymous service on Whatsapp. As per the report, the payment allowed the person to be designated as an ‘agent’, which in turn granted him access to the grievance redressal system. Entering an Aadhaar number into the system revealed the holder’s information, including name, […]

Aadhaar: Are a billion identities at risk on India's biometric database

“My fingerprints and iris are mine and my own. The state cannot take away my body,” a lawyer told India’s Supreme Court last week. Shyam Divan was arguing a crucial petition challenging a new law that makes it compulsory for people to submit a controversial biometric-based personal identification number while filing income tax returns. Defending this law, the government’s top law officer told the court on Tuesday that an individual’s […]