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PIL against Google Pay alleging it accesses, stores Aadhaar data without authorisation

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A Public Interest Litigation has been filed in the Delhi High Court seeking directions to the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to take action against Google Pay alleging that it has unauthorized access to Aadhaar data and stores it as well in violation of norms.

The petition, filed by Abhijit Mishra, seeks directions to the UIDAI and the Reserve Bank of India to prevent Google Pay from accessing data for which it doesn’t have authorisation.

In the last hearing, the bench of Justices Vibhu Bakhru and Prateek Jalan, however, directed the petitioner to file an affidavit with the information about all the PILs filed by him, including those withdrawn and disposed of with the current status of the PILs.

The petition stated that Google Pay is neither registered under the Payments and Settlement System Act 2007 nor is it registered as a bank/cooperative bank/financial institute/non-banking finance company under the Banking Regulation Act 1949.

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Th petitioner has sought actions against Google Pay under Section 23A, 28, 29, 38 and 43 of the Aadhaar Act 2016.

The bench has listed the matter for further hearing on January 14.

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