Debate of Aadhaar (UIDAI) security is going on from a long time now and recently TRAI chairman RS Sharma shared his Aadhaar number on Twitter and gave an open challenge to steal his personal information. Moreover, to this, his information was public as well in a few hours.
On August 2nd, the matter boiled when a French security expert Elliot Alderson raised a question on Twitter to ask users whether their phones have UIDAI toll-free helpline number in their contact list.
Do you have @UIDAI in your contact list by default?
— Elliot Alderson (@fs0c131y) August 2, 2018
And to everyone’s surprise, they found a number saved in the name of UIDAI was found. People started to express their anger on Twitter.
Just a couple of hours ago, Google on its official account released a statement which reads:
So, Google says they added code accidentally.
— Google India (@GoogleIndia) August 3, 2018
According to this, the code is still in the Android devices, and Google says that they will be updating it in the upcoming updates. People already started tweeting in anger to this. But for now, what interest’s more is that on whose order did Google updated the number or have they do it by themselves, because UIDAI has already denied saying:
“UIDAI has reiterated that it has not asked or advised anyone including any telecom service providers or mobile manufacturers or Android to include 18003001947 or 1947 in the default list of public service numbers.”
UIDAI has reiterated that it has not asked or advised anyone including any telecom service providers or mobile manufacturers or Android to include 18003001947 or 1947 in the default list of public service numbers.
— Aadhaar (@UIDAI) August 3, 2018
For sure the concern is not going to end here, and the blaming game will not stop anytime soon. In the end, it’ll be the Citizen who may have to suffer from this if some issue happens.
This is the code added by @Google to add the @UIDAI phone number by default in your contact list. This code is still in the latest version of SetupWizard.@Google: I hope there is nothing more, I will spend the upcoming days to check all the customisation you made in the… 1/2 pic.twitter.com/jWxJ8Yn4fR
— Elliot Alderson (@fs0c131y) August 3, 2018
People on Twitter have already started questioning:
Dear Google, @sundarpichai,
I bought my phone in US. Have a US carrier. With this new phone, I visited India for couple weeks few months ago.
Care to explain what you did inadvertently in 2014 got into my phone that i bought in 2018? pic.twitter.com/vGX2l8XdSH
— Anand (@an_a_nd) August 3, 2018
— Shuvankar Mukherjee (@shuvankr) August 3, 2018