Researcher alleges Indian leader's app ships data overseas

Mann Ki Baat PM Narendra Modi's 42nd address to nation shortly

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.

Earlier on Monday, BJP I-T in-charge Amit Malviya hit out at Rahul Gandhi for his tweets on PM Narendra Modi, saying that the Congress President had no right to make such claims, given that the INC app also breached data of people who downloaded the app.

Besides, the NaMo app revelations come in the wake of the controversy involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, a British analytics and political consultancy firm that reportedly harvested data of around 50 million Americans to influence the USA election results.

Even after the NaMo app revelations, the Congress and the BJP had an accusatory exchange, after Elliot Alderson revealed that when a person applied for membership in the official INCIndia app, the personal data was sent to a server located in Singapore.

Gandhi accused Modi of using his official app "to build a personal database. on millions of Indians".

"Modi's NaMo App secretly records audio, video, contacts of your friends & family and even tracks your location via Global Positioning System". He's the Big Boss who likes to spy on Indians. Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani even said that "Data is the new oil and India does not need to import it", but should private companies be allowed to profit from data? Now he wants data on our children.

"The permissions required are all. cause-specific", the BJP tweeted.

Gandhi's accusations came just days after the BJP accused the Congress of hiring Cambridge Analytica in India, which is under scrutiny for improperly harvesting the personal data of Facebook users to influence elections in the USA and elsewhere.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his monthly "Mann ki Baat" radio address on Sunday hailed the role of leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, BR Ambedkar, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Ram Manohar Lohia, Charan Singh and Devi Lal for recognising agriculture and the farmer as vital aspects of the nation's economy.

The Congress chief had yesterday attacked Modi over allegations of data sharing from his official app without users' consent.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Modi has not commented on the issue. "If I may elaborate on this, the MSP will include labour cost of other workers employed, expenses incurred on own animals and cost of animals and machinery taken on rent, cost of seeds, cost of each type of fertilizer used, irrigation cost, land revenue paid to the state government, interest paid on working capital, ground rent in case of leased land", Modi said.

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