The Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI) Agency, on Sunday, said vested interests misused Google’s “inadvertent” act around an old helpline number to create fear and tarnish the image of Aadhaar while emphasizing that a number stored in contact list cannot steal data from a mobile phone.
The UIDAI said rumor mongers attempted to tarnish the image of Aadhaar for a Google’s inadvertent act that led to the 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 rumors and go around fear-mongering against Aadhaar,” the authority said in a statement.
The Aadhaar custodian said that it expects Google, a large digital platform provider, will look into the matter which caused confusion in the minds of people against “India’s credible identity system and will exercise due care so that such things are not repeated in future. “The UIDAI said rumors being spread on social media to delete helpline number are “totally false propaganda and is nothing but scare-mongering against Aadhaar by vested interests trying to exploit Google’s act to spread misinformation about Aadhaar by scaring people.”
“UIDAI assures that Aadhaar data remains fully safe and secure. Therefore, people should stay away from such rumors and malicious campaign by vested interests. They should also not waste their time and time of their near and dear ones by forwarding or circulating such false and baseless rumors on their WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, etc” the statement said.
“Aadhaar has caused tremendous benefits to our country and helped saved more Rs 900 billion by preventing leakage and siphoning of benefits and subsidies meant for poor. It has empowered 121 crore people of India with a credible and secure identity which can be freely used anywhere, anytime and online. People are able to get their rightful entitlement directly into their bank accounts without any middlemen,” UIDAI was quoted saying.
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