Govt locking stable after horses have bolted’: Chidambaram slams new virtual ID for Aadhaar

Posted On Thursday, 11 January 2018 12:13

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A day after the UIDAI introduced the concept of Virtual ID which Aadhaar holders can generate, Congress leader P Chidambaram said millions of persons have already shared their Aadhaar numbers and the new security system was meaningless.  The government’s new measure to secure Aadhaar data was meaningless because the damage has already been done, and millions of citizens have already shared their unique ID number with service providers, Congress leader P Chidambaram said on Thursday, a day after the UIDAI introduced the concept of Virtual ID which Aadhaar card holders can generate from its website and submit for various purposes.

“Under compulsion, millions of persons have already shared Aadhaar number with many service providers. New security layer is like locking the stable after horses have bolted,” the former finance minister tweeted. The UIDAI, which collects and manages Aadhaar data including biometrics of citizens, announced on Wednesday a new two-layer system to strengthen security under which citizens would no longer be required to share their unique IDs for verification purposes.

Under the new system, at the user end, Aadhaar holders will have the choice not to share their Aadhaar numbers at the time of authentication. Instead, a random 16-digit Virtual ID number would be generated and could be used in lieu of Aadhaar with the authorised agency like banks and telecom service providers.

News Source : Hindushtantimes

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