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Google says Aadhaar helpline number 'inadvertently' coded into India Android setup


Amid public outrage over Aadhaar helpline number being pre-stored without user consent on certain mobile phones, Google Friday night apologised for ‘inadvertently’ loading the old UIDAI helpline number and 112 helpline number into the ‘setup wizard’ of Android phones. “Our internal review has revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the setup wizard of the Android release given to OEMs (Original equipment manufacturers) for use in India and has remained there since. Since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list these get transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement. (Text: PTI)





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