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‘Bid to spoil image of Aadhaar’

The UIDAI on Sunday said vested interests misused Google’s “inadvertent” act around its old helpline number to create fear and tarnish the image of Aadhaar while emphasising that a number stored in contact list cannot steal data from a mobile phone.

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said rumour-mongers attempted to tarnish the image of Aadhaar for a Google’s inadvertent act that led to appearance of its old helpline number 1800 300 1947 in the contact list of several mobile phone users.

“UIDAI condemns the vested interests who tried to misuse Google’s “inadvertent” act as an opportunity to spread rumours and go around fear-mongering against Aadhaar,” the authority said.

In a tweet last week, a French security expert who goes under the pseudonym Elliot Alderson and describes himself as the “worst nightmare” of the UIDAI, had raised alarm on the presence of a UIDAI number in contact list of mobile phone users without their consent.

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