The UIDAI said vested interests used Google’s “inadvertent” act on its helpline number to create fear about and tarnish the image of Aadhaar while emphasizing that a number stored in contact list cannot steal data from a mobile phone.
The Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI) said rumor mongers attempted to tarnish the image of Aadhaar for an inadvertent mistake of Internet major Google that led to the appearance of its old helpline number 1800 300 1947 in a 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 rumors and go around fear-mongering against Aadhaar,” the authority said in a statement.
“Just by a helpline number in a mobile’s contact list, the data stored on the mobile phone cannot be stolen. Therefore, there should be no panic to delete the number as no harm will be caused. Rather people may, if they so wish, update it with UIDAI’s new helpline number 1947,” the authority said.