Rahul Gandhi accuses PM of 'leaking' NaMo app data; BJP says Congress deflecting from Cambridge Analytica

Congress president Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter on Sunday to accuse Prime Minister Narendra Modi of leaking details of users of the NaMo app to a US firm.

He tweeted:

Rahul also accused the mainstream media of "burying this critical story, as always".  Rahul was referring to a media report in which Elliot Alderson, a French vigilante hacker, in a series of tweets, alleged that personal data, including email IDs, photos, gender and names of the users of Modi's mobile app were being sent to a third party domain without their consent.

The French security researcher alleged that an American company called Clever Tap was getting the personal data of the NaMo app users.

Alderson asked Modi what his thoughts were about sharing the personal data of users "without their consent" to a third-party.

Rahul's remarks come just days after the BJP accused the Congress of compromising national security by roping in political data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica to run its 2019 election campaign. The firm is allegedly involved in social media data manipulation.

The BJP responded by bashing Rahul on Twitter and claimed he was trying to  divert attention from the Cambridge Analytica issue.

They also accused Congress of targeting the NaMO app through the #DeleteNamoApp on Twitter.

The saffron party claimed that the NaMo app could be used with giving any permission or data. "Narendra Modi App is a unique app, which unlike most apps, gives access to users in ‘guest mode’ without even any permission or data. The permissions required are all contextual and cause-specific," the party said. "Contrary to Rahul’s lies, the fact is that data is being used for only analytics using third-party service, similar to Google Analytics. Analytics on the user data is done for offering users the most contextual content," they added. They also claimed this was to ensure that the consumers were given the "best user experience."

The Congress is yet to respond to the BJP's tweets.

On Friday, Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat said the Election Commission will coordinate with enforcement agencies for suggestions to prevent "unlawful" activities such as attempts to influence polls.

The BJP and the Congress have been trading charges over a Facebook data scandal involving data mining firm Cambridge Analytica with the ruling party accusing its rival of "data theft" to woo voters ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls, a claim the Opposition party rejected.

 

With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Mar 25, 2018 17:38:41 IST

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