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The UIDAI number

Had you checked the number in your contact list named UIDAI??

some people found that type of number in their contact list.

Now don`t be panic if you see this contact.This contact is for Aadhaar related services.

The whole controversy began after certain mobile phone users found and objected to UIDAI’s helpline number in their contact list without their consent – suggesting possible breach of privacy.

A French security expert who goes under the pseudonym Elliot Alderson tweeted: “Hi @UIDAI, Many people, with different provider, with and without an #Aadhaar card, with and without the mAadhaar app installed, noticed that your phone number is predefined in their contact list by default and so without their knowledge. Can you explain why?”

The UIDAI later clarified that it had not asked or communicated to any manufacturer or service provider for providing any such facility whatsoever. It said: “UIDAI emphasised that the said 18003001947 is not a valid UIDAI Toll free number and some vested interest are trying to create unwarranted confusion in the public. UIDAI’s valid Toll free number is 1947 which is functional for more than the last  two years.”

The UIDAI further reiterated that it has not asked or advised anyone including any telecom service providers or mobile manufacturers or Android to include 1800-300-1947 or 1947 in the default list of public service numbers. The fact that the helpline issue that made UIDAI into a villain actually originated in the previous Congress-led UPA-II regime.

Default setting of UIDAI number had created furore on social media as users expressed concerns over how the number had snuck into their smartphones’ contact list.