Source: News Bharati English20 Apr 2017 09:29:03

New Delhi, April 20: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has filed FIRs against eight unauthorised websites for illegally collecting Aadhaar number and enrolment details from people. These websites were collecting Aadhaar number and enrolment details illegally from residents and promising Aadhaar services posing as entities authorized by UIDAI. There are more than 1.13 billion Aadhaar number holders in the country.

UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey told that these websites were promising Aadhaar services posing as entities authorised by UIDAI. He also asked the public to use UIDAI official website that is www.uidai.gov.in for all Aadhaar-related services.

“We found that even after we ordered the shutting down of some unauthorised websites, some new websites had come up. This time, we have lodged an FIR against the erring websites,” said Ajay Bhushan Pandey, chief executive officer, UIDAI.

According to UIDAI, the websites and companies extending unauthorized services, tantamount to violation under Information Technology Act 2000, Section 38 of Aadhaar Act 2016, and Section 409 (Criminal breach of trust) and Section 420 (cheating) of IPC.

The sites are aadhaarupdate.com, aadhaarindia.com, pvcaadhaar.in, aadhaarprinters.com, geteaadhaar.com, downloadaadhaarcard.in, aadharcopy.in, and duplicateaadharcard.com. Under the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, intentionally copying Aadhaar data is a criminal offence and entails a three-year sentence and a fine.

In February, UIDAI had shut down 12 websites and 12 mobile applications to curb unauthorized Aadhaar related services. It had also directed authorities to close another 26 fraudulent and illegal websites and mobile applications.