The UIDAI has today announced that it will be introducing a way to generate Virtual IDs from their website.
The Virtual ID, which would be a random 16-digit number, together with biometrics of the user would give any authorised agency like a mobile company, limited details like name, address, and photograph, which are enough for any verification.
Officials said a user can generate as many Virtual IDs as he or she wants. The older ID gets automatically canceled once a fresh one is generated. UIDAI will start accepting these IDs from March 1, 2018.
In theory, this would work like Virtual Credit Card numbers do — use and throw. But practically, I think it’s still going to be a mess.