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Nothing to do with Aadhaar helpline being added to phones: UIDAI

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Published : Aug 3, 2018, 2:50 pm IST
Updated : Aug 3, 2018, 3:45 pm IST

Thousands of Android phone users asked UIDAI how Aadhaar helpline number was pre-saved in their contact list.

The UIDAI has not yet issued an official statement over the issue. (Representational Image)
 The UIDAI has not yet issued an official statement over the issue. (Representational Image)

Mumbai: After reports of default inclusion of UIDAI’s outdated and invalid toll-free number in the contact list of Android phones emerged in media, the Aadhaar body on Friday clarified that it has not asked or communicated to any manufacturer or telecom service provider for providing any such facility.

Earlier on Thursday, UIDAI was questioned on social media after thousands of Android phone users noticed that the UIDAI’s helpline number was saved in their phone contact list by default.

 

The issue came to light after French security expert, Elliot Alderson, asked UIDAI how the helpline number was predefined in the contact list by default in phones of people, with different providers, with and without an Aadhaar card and without the mAadhaar app installed.   

Taking to Twitter, Alderson said:

Alderson further shared a tweet by a user, Anivar Aravind, who had raised the issue in November last year.

 

Several people raised concern on Twitter and asked UIDAI how the number got saved on their phone without their permission. 

Take a look at how Twitter users reacted to the mysterious number appearing on their phones:

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