UID Roundup: LIC to share its database, Sneak peek into how your UID will look like

LIC will share its database of 21 Crores customers with UID project to help the project verify the collected data. LIC already has a database consisting of every detail of all their customers and will share customers name, date of birth, address, gender and other biometric information with UIDAI. The tie up with UIDAI will also help LIC to collect the renewals of premium; it will help to deal with clients having more than one policy, and administer various schemes of social security category (like micro insurance etc).

How will your UID look like?

The aadhar ID will be 12-digit number sporting the following format – 11 digits + 1-checksum. Interestingly, these 11 digits will allow permutation/combination of 100 billion numbers – matching the scale at which Indian population is growing! [more]

how UID looks like Few excerpts on the numbering:

The Version Number: Some digits may be reserved for specific applications. This is an implicit form of a version number embedded into the numbering scheme. We rec-ommend the following reservations:

  • 0- numbers (a1 = 0) could be used as an “escape” for future extensions to the length of the number. For example, in future if we need 16 digit numbers, then we could say that 0 means that the number is 16-digits. As of now we can simply declare all 0- numbers as TBD (to be decided).
  • 1- numbers(a1 = 1) could be reserved for entities rather than individuals. Alternative-ly, 11- could be reserved for entities (or 111-) to match the size of the reserved space to the number of entities expected. We could use 2-9 numbers (a1 =2,3…9) right away to assign UIDs. That is 80 billion numbers — plenty of space.
  • 2. Number Generation: The numbers are generated in a random, non-repeating se-quence. There are several approaches to doing this in the computer science literature. The algorithm and any“seed” chosen to generate IDs should not be made public and should be considered a national secret.
  • 3. Lifetime: Individual UID is assigned once, at inception, and remain the same for the lifetime of the person, and for a specified number of years beyond. At this point there is no consideration of reusing numbers.
  • 4. Entity ID’s: We expect that entity ID numbers (1- numbers) will have different rules for periods of validity and retirement.
  • 5. The Checksum: There are several schemes possible. We recommend the Verhoeff scheme. More on this in the section titled Checksum.

And while Indian government is all geared up for UID, UK government has scrapped its NID project as it turned out to be a costly affair

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