In a major crackdown, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has ordered the closure of unauthorized websites and Android mobile apps. It is found that few illegal sites and apps were involved in providing Aadhaar-related services by charging huge amount of money from the general public. People who don’t have much knowledge about the place from where the services should be availed were fallen into the trap.
According to a report published in the Economic Times, UIDAI has closed the shutters of 12 websites and mobile apps, which violated the procedures listed on the Aadhaar Act 2016. Meanwhile, the agency has also ordered closing down of 26 additional websites and mobile apps. Technically, people visit the site or download the apps under the impression that they are genuine. However, they charge excessive money including stealing of personal data.
The main purpose of the banned websites and mobile apps was to provide services such as downloading Aadhaar card, providing the status of Aadhaar application including generation of PVC Aadhaar card. We have seen several advertisements on the web specifically related to the creation of PVC Aadhaar card.
In a statement released to the press, the UIDAI sources revealed that the banned websites and apps are not authorized to provide any services. Moreover, the sites have been collecting Aadhaar and personal user data illegally during the whole process. The agency also categorically added that the acts committed by the banned websites and apps are punishable under Section 38 and Chapter VII of the Aadhaar Act.
Commenting on the development, Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO, UIDAI said that public should observe caution against the use of such websites and mobile apps since they are harmful. Furthermore, they steal content and invade the privacy of the people.
That said, only 12 mobile apps have been removed from Google Play Store. There are plenty of apps available not only on the Google Play Store but also on iOS and Windows apps store. If you would like to avail Aadhaar related services, you only need to visit uidai.gov.in as depicted in the picture above.
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