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UIDAI files FIR against unauthorized app for offering Aadhaar-based services

The online world is difficult to control, as anyone can misuse it to their advantage. In another such instance of online misuse, it has come to the notice of UIDAI, the official government agency for Aadhaar, that an unauthorized app was offering Aadhaar related services to various people. Responding to the unauthorized access, the UIDAI has filed an FIR in Bengaluru against the app. It is alleged in the FIR that the unauthorized app was providing Aadhaar verification to residents based on their consent. However, this was illegal since the app has not been authorized by UIDAI to provide such services. Using the app, residents were able to download their own information. It was being done after residents provided their consent through an OTP generated on their mobile devices.

Although the app does not allow unknown people to download the details of other people, it is still illegal since the app was not authorized by the UIDAI. The UIDAI officials also said that the app has not resulted in a breach of Aadhaar data and there is no breach of privacy since the information was only relevant to the people who downloaded them. Speaking about the development, CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey said, “In other words, residents were downloading their own demographic data such as name, address, gender etc. through this app…no one could get data of any other person through this app.”

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