UIDAI slams attempts to tarnish Aadhaar’s image by vested interests; Says, helpline number cannot steal data

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Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has slammed attempts to tarnish Aadhaar’s image by vested interests. In a statement, UIDAI said, vested interests used Google’s mistake as an opportunity to spread rumours and go around fear-mongering against Aadhaar.

Google has already clarified that UIDAI’s old contact number was added by it inadvertently along with police and fire number in 2014 and has since been continuing through sync mechanism. UIDAI said, rumours about Aadhaar database being breached are completely false and baseless and are rejected with all condemnation that it deserves.

The Aadhaar authority also said that a number stored in contact list cannot steal data from a mobile phone. The statement comes days after an old helpline number of UIDAI mysteriously started showing on smartphones of hundreds of users.

UIDAI said, it has earlier clarified and emphasised that it has not asked any agency whatsoever to include its helpline number in the mobile phones and also added that merely adding a phone number cannot steal data in the phone.

 

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