tolerance to unauthorized websites and mobile applications providing
Aadhaar related services illegally by charging excessive money from the
public, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) in an stern
action against them has got shut down 12 websites and 12 mobile
applications available on the Google Playstore; and has directed further
to close down 26 more such fraudulent and illegal websites/applications.
It came to the notice of UIDAI that these websites and mobile
applications downloadable through Google Playstore were providing
unauthorized Aadhaar related services such as downloading online Aadhaar
card, providing status of Aadhaar generation, PVC Aadhaar Card, etc. to
residents and in that process they were illegally obtaining the Aadhaar
number/enrolment details from the residents.
“UIDAI has not authorized the owners of these mobile applications or
websites to extend any Aadhaar related services on its behalf”, said Dr.
Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO, UIDAI.
He said, “Any Aadhaar-related demographic information can only be shared
following the procedures laid down in the Aadhaar Act, 2016. Any such
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…”
Warning unauthorized websites and mobile applications providers against
illegal use of Aadhaar logo in violation of Aadhaar Act and the
Copyright Act, Dr. Pandey said, “We are contemplating stern action
“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”, he added.
He cautioned people to be aware against all such unscrupulous entities
that are alluring to provide unauthorized Aadhaar related services and
asked them to remain vigilant for the protection of their privacy.
“www.uidai.gov.in is the only authorized website of UIDAI. Any other
website with Aadhaar in its name and providing Aadhaar related services
is not authorized by us and hence, illegal. We are taking stern action
against all such illegal sites and aiding such websites/agencies or
persons in any manner may amount to a criminal offence punishable with
imprisonment under Indian Penal Code and, also, under Section 8 and
Chapter VII of the Aadhaar Act along with relevant sections of IT Act”,
said Dr. Pandey.
UIDAI suggests that in case a person loses his Aadhaar card, he can
download his Aadhaar card free of cost from the UIDAI’s official
website. The print out of the downloaded Aadhaar is as valid as the
original Aadhaar letter. For Aadhaar related services, people should
visit either UIDAI’s website or authorized Common Service Centers or
Aadhaar Permanent Enrolment Centers only.