It came to the notice of UIDAI that websites and mobile applications downloadable through Google Playstore were providing unauthorised Aadhaar related services.

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has ensured that 12 websites and 12 mobile applications available on the Google Playstore are shut down and has directed 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 unauthorised Aadhaar related services such as downloading online Aadhaar card, providing status of Aadhaar generation, PVC Aadhaar Card, etc. and in that process they were illegally obtaining the Aadhaar number/enrolment details. “UIDAI has not authorised the owners of these mobile applications or websites to extend any Aadhaar related services on its behalf,” said UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey.

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.” Warning unauthorised websites and mobile applications providers against illegal use of Aadhaar logo, Pandey said, “We are contemplating stern action against them.”

He cautioned people to be aware against all such unscrupulous entities that provide unauthorized Aadhaar related services and asked them to remain vigilant. “www.uidai.gov.in is the only authorised 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,” said Pandey. In case a person loses his Aadhaar card, he/she can download his Aadhaar card free of cost from the UIDAI’s official website.