UIDAI shut down unauthorised websites and mobile apps which are providing Aadhaar related services for excess money from the public. Unique Identification Authority of India enforced 12 websites and 12 mobile apps on Google Playstore to stop. UIDAI has directed authorities to close another 26 Aadhaar websites and mobile apps
These sites are charging the excess money for the services like, downloading online Aadhaar card, providing status of Aadhaar generation, PVC Aadhaar Card, etc., in that process they illegally obtaining the Aadhaar enrolment details from the resident, said UIDAI.
Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO, UIDAI said, “UIDAI has not authorised the owners of these mobile applications or websites to extend any Aadhaar related services on its behalf.”
Any Aadhaar related demographic information can only be shared according to the procedures laid down in the Aadhaar Act, 2016, said by UIDAI. Anyone who violates this provision is punishable under Section 38 and Chapter VII of the Aadhaar Act.
The punishment according to the provision is for “Whoever, not being authorised by the authority, intentionally accesses or secures, downloads, copies or extracts any data from the Central Identities Data Repository or stored in any removable storage medium”
Pandey added, “As per Section 70 of the IT Act, the government of India has declared the UIDAI’s Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR) facilities, information assets, logistics infrastructure and dependencies installed at UIDAI locations to be critically Protected System.”
UIDAI has only one authorised site, it is www.uidai.gov.in and the other websites and mobile apps with the name of Aadhaar are not authorised by UIDAI and hence illegal.