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'Virtual ID':Sr lawyers opposing Aadhaar in SC refrain from

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Senior advocates, who have been leading the challenge against the scheme in the Supreme Court, today refrained from making any commitment on whether they would oppose the Centre's fresh move to introduce the latest concept of 16-digit 'Virtual ID'.

While Datar said he was not aware of what the was doing, refused to even comment on the move, which the Unique Identification Authority of (UIDAI) introduced yesterday with an aim to address privacy concerns.

"I do not have an opinion on this. I don't know anything," Divan, who has been leading the arguments in the apex against the 12-digit number, said.

Datar also said he did not know what the Centre was doing and added that he was "clueless" about how a Virtual ID would help address the issue of privacy, especially in rural areas.

"I don't know what this (the virtual ID) means. I am clueless about how it is going to help or how it will work in rural areas," he said.

Both Divan and Datar said they have nothing to say about the future stand they are likely to take in the apex

The had yesterday introduced the concept of 'Virtual ID', which an Aadhaar card holder can generate from its website and give out for various purposes, including SIM verification, instead of sharing the actual 12-digit biometric ID. They have the option of not sharing their Aadhaar number at the time of authentication.

The Virtual ID will be a temporary and revocable 16 digit random number mapped to a person's Aadhaar number and the Aadhaar-issuing body will start accepting it from March 1, 2018.

From June 1, 2018 it will be compulsory for all agencies that undertake authentication to accept the Virtual ID from their users.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 19:05 IST