Delhi HC: Issues notice to UIDAI on unauthorized usage of Aadhaar data by Google Pay

By Legal Wires 3 Minutes Read

The Delhi High Court sought a response from the Unique Identification Authority Of India (UIDAI) on a plea against Google Pay for alleged unauthorized operations that violated the privacy of its users.

Abhijit Mishra v. UIDAI

A Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh issued notice to RBI, UIDAI and Google India Digital Services Private Ltd against the PIL.

The PIL has been filed by a financial economist Abhijit Mishra, alleging that Google Pay in its terms and conditions explicitly mentions that it would collect, store and share the bank account and Aadhaar details of users, to which it has no permission from UIDAI or any other authority to do so.

The PIL claimed that it was a violation of Article 21 of the Constitution of India, Aadhaar Act 2016, the Payments and Settlement Systems Act 2007 and Banking Regulations Act 1949.

The PIL seeks a direction to the UIDAI to initiate action against Google Pay under Sections 23A, 28, 29, 38 and 43 of the Aadhaar Act 2016 for unauthorised collection, storage and usage of Aadhaar information of the citizens and also prayed that UIDAI and RBI be directed to prevent such unauthorised access in future.

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