Ever since the Cambridge Analytica files, both the BJP and the Congress have been trying to use it for political gains in India.That is when a Twitter handle, which claims itself to be a data security researcher, revealed in a series of tweets the privacy lapses in the NAMO App-Prime Minister Narendra Modi's personal app. His app has been downloaded more than five million times, and his Twitter account has 41.4 million followers.
"In the tweet, he also attached a news story titled, 'Data theft allegations reaches PM Modi's doorstep, French vigilante hacker's stunning revelation".
Indian journalist Pratik Sinha, who double-checked the researcher's work, explained all the attention by pointing to the fact that Modi's name was attached to the app. Now he wants data on our children.
But the government neither issued a denial nor a clarification on the allegation. The researcher also questioned Modi on why he thought of sharing the personal data of 'your users without their consent to a third-party company'. "The app does not ask for blanket permissions when the app is started", sources said. "Their own policy says so" he added.
Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said the BJP government's claim of having given "Cost + 50pc" to farmers is another "jumla" and alleged that the farmers were "betrayed" in the Union Budget.
The Prime Minister said, Yoga has attained worldwide recognition as a measure of preventive health care. Why a separate NaMo app?
Mr Jain described his company to be an app/web analytics and user marketing platform which also provides a dashboard to its customers to be able to view business metrics related to the use of their app/website and communicate with the end users using emails, SMS, push notifications, etc.
The BJP responded to the allegations by saying that the data is being used for analytics using third party service, similar to Google Analytics. However, the app - or the website "narendramodi.in" - is not owned by or affiliated to the government, which generally uses the domain "nic.in" or "gov.in". The firm is allegedly involved in social media data manipulation.
The Prime Minister remembered the architect of Constitution Dr B R Ambedkar whose birth anniversary is on 14th of next month.
The party added: "There has been no breach of data whatsoever". The accusations suggested that the app demands access to the user's audio, video and even the contact lists of its users. "What is the goal?" he asked.
"Modi misusing PM position to build personal database with data on millions of Indians via the NaMo App promoted by Govt". Is he now planning to snoop on minors?