In a massive crackdown on unauthorized agencies offering Aadhaar-related services illegally and charging excessive money from the public, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has got shut down 12 such websites and 12 mobile apps available on the Google Playstore. The UIDAI has further directed authorities for the 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. Action was taken against such apps and websites.
In a statement, UIDAI said that these illegal websites and mobile applications (downloadable through Google Playstore) were providing unauthorized Aadhaar-related services such as downloading online Aadhaar card, providing the status of Aadhaar generation, PVC (plastic) Aadhaar Card, to residents.
At present, any Aadhaar-related demographic information can only be shared following the procedures laid down in the Aadhaar Act, 2016. Any violation is punishable under Section 38 and Chapter VII of the Aadhaar Act that provides punishment for “Whoever, not being authorized 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…”