Fake Sites and App Giving Aadhaar Services Shut Down by UIDAI

The body governing the use of Aadhaar has promised to take stern action against those who misuse the database.

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In a massive crackdown on unauthorised agencies offering Aadhaar-related services illegally and charging excessive money from the public, UIDAI has got the websites shut down and 12 mobile apps removed from the Google Play store.

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has further directed authorities for closure of another 26 such fraudulent and illegal websites and mobile applications.

Some websites and mobile apps were luring citizens to share their basic information and Aadhaar number under the pretext of getting them Aadhaar card or offering other Aadhaar related services. We have taken strict action against them
Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO, UIDAI to PTI

Emphasising that UIDAI has a zero tolerance to such unauthorised websites and mobile applications, Bhushan talked about keeping vigil on such websites and mobile applications and taking strict action against the culprits.

Any Aadhaar-related demographic information can only be shared following the procedures laid down in the Aadhaar Act, 2016.

UIDAI informed that these illegal websites and mobile apps on Android were providing unauthorised Aadhaar-related services such as downloading online Aadhaar card, providing status of Aadhaar generation, PVC (plastic) Aadhaar Card, to residents. In the process, these agencies were illegally obtaining the Aadhaar number and enrollment details from the residents.

UIDAI has not authorised the owners of these mobile applications or websites to extend any Aadhaar-related services on its behalf
Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO, UIDAI to PTI

Warning websites and mobile applications providers against illegal use of Aadhaar logo in violation of Aadhaar Act and the Copyright Act, he said the authority is contemplating stern action against them.

UIDAI.gov is the only authorised website of UIDAI for Aadhaar related services that people should visit either the official website or authorised Common Service Centres or Aadhaar Permanent Enrolment Centres, the statement adds.

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