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Websites and apps providing unauthorised Aadhaar services were shut down: Govt

Last week, in the Lok Sabha, the Government of India acknowledged that some websites and mobile applications were providing un-authorised Aadhaar related services, "such as downloading online Aadhaar letters, providing status of Aadhaar generation, printing Aadhaar letters on Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) Card etc. to residents." The UIDAI has forwarded an official complaint to CERT-IN and Google India, and the websites have been blocked by the Department of Telecom, while the apps have been removed from the Google Play store. This was in response to the following questions from MPs Gaurav Gogoi and Jyoriraditya Scindia: (a) whether the Union Government is aware that several unauthorised agencies have been caught offering Aadhaar related services illegally and are charging excessive money from the public; (b) if so, the details in this regard; (c) whether the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has recently ordered to close down such fraudulent and illegal websites and mobile applications offering such services; and (d) if so, the facts in this regard and the details of further steps the Government proposes to take against persons involved in running of such unauthorised agencies? In February, the UIDAI had shut down 12 websites and 12 mobile apps, and 26 others were flagged for shutting down. This was a few days after the UIDAI had warned unauthorized Agencies "not to collect Aadhaar information from general public for printing of Aadhaar card as collecting such information or unauthorized printing of Aadhaar card or aiding such persons in any manner amounts to a criminal offence…

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