UIDAI’s Aadhaar Helpline Number Is Getting Mysteriously Added To Your Contact List And Nobody Knows How

Aadhaar Helpline Creeps Into Contacts Of Smartphones, Twitter Buzzes

The UIDAI recently changed its helpline number recently. (Representational)

NEW DELHI: 

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. The new number has been pushed into people’s phone books
  2. On Twitter, people are posting they saw the new number

Thousands of smartphone users in India woke up puzzled on Friday with a Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) toll-free helpline number saved in their phonebooks by default.

UIDAI, which is yet to issue an official statement on this, has replaced the earlier helpline number — 1800-300-1947 — with the new number — 1947, which got into people’s phonebooks without their consent.

“This is no joke as it is on my phone too. I didn’t save this number. Check your phone asap, feeling worried,” a user tweeted with a screenshot.

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The Aadhaar helpline numeber, 1800-300-1947, got into people’s phonebooks without their consent.

A French security expert, Elliot Alderson, asked UIDAI on Twitter: “Many people, with

Amid all the debate and confusion about Aadhaar, and its data safety, thanks to TRAI Chairman RS Sharma’s recent adventure on Twitter, now it has emerged that UIDAI’s Aadhaar Helpline number is being automatically added to the contact list on people’s phones.

Across brands and carriers, the number has been added under the name UIDAI and has listed the toll free number 1800-300-1947 with the contact.

Aadhaar Helpline Number

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Since it was first reported by French cyber security expert Elliot Alderson on Twitter on Thursday, we at Indiatimes searched across mobile networks and manufactures and found that a good majority of them do have it already saved on their devices. While most of the phones we checked were android, a couple of iPhone users also said they too have it.

Elliot Alderson@fs0c131y

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?

Regards,

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