New Delhi, February 4: Twelve unauthorized websites and 12 mobile applications available on Google Playstore have been shut down as they were providing Aadhaar related services illegally by charging money from the public. It was done on the direction of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).The authority has also directed further to close down 26 more such fraudulent and illegal websites and applications. CEO of UIDAI, Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey said, the authority has not authorized the owners of these mobile applications or websites to extend any Aadhaar related services on its behalf. He also warned these websites and mobile application providers against illegal use of the Aadhaar logo.
“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.
“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.
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.