Post-privacy scare, UIDAI says ‘helpline number cannot steal data from phones’

New Delhi: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Sunday emphasised that a number stored in contact list cannot steal data from a mobile phone. It added vested interests used Google’s “inadvertent” act on its old helpline number to create fear about and tarnish the image of Aadhaar.

It said that Google on August 3, had already admitted that UIDAI’s old helpline number 1800-300-1947 was added by it “inadvertently”, along with police and fire number 112 in 2014, and had since been continuing through sync mechanism.

The UIDAI had earlier clarified that it had not asked any agency to include its helpline number in the mobile phones. It added that rumours about Aadhaar database being breached are completely false.