Date of Issue : 22.01.2017
Exam Name : TNPSC Group 1
Material : TNPSC Group 1 Model Question
UiDai shuts down 24 unauthorised websites and mobile apps
Date: 3rd February, 2017 Place: New Delhi
Problem/Demand: Websites and apps providing Aadhaar card illegally.
Effects: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) asked 12 websites and 12 mobile applications available on the Google Playstore to shut down, and directed the closure of 26 more such “fraudulent and illegal” websites/applications. UIDAI revealed that these websites and apps were providing Aadhaar-related services illegally by charging excessive money from the public, 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. Aadhaar-related demographic information can only be shared following the procedures laid down in the Aadhaar Act, 2016. Any violation of this provision punishable under Section 38 and Chapter VII of the Aadhaar Act. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is a central government agency of India. Its objective is to collect the biometric and demographic data of residents, store them in a centralised database, and issue a 12-digit unique identity number called Aadhaar to each resident. It is considered the world’s largest national identification number project.