Rahul Gandhi alleges data-sharing by NaMo app, BJP hits back


New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi after allegations surfaced that data from his NaMo app was being shared without users’ consent, a charge the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) trashed.

Gandhi also accused the media of “burying” the NaMo app data leak story.

Gandhi’s attack on the prime minister was based on a media report in which a French vigilante hacker has purportedly alleged that data was stolen from the NaMo app without consent of the users.

“Hi! My name is Narendra Modi. I am India’s Prime Minister. When you sign up for my official app, I give all your data to my friends in American companies,” Gandhi said on Twitter.

In the tweet, he also attached a news story titled, Data theft allegations reaches PM Modi’s doorstep, French vigilante hacker’s stunning revelation.

The BJP reacted on Twitter saying, it did not expect “any better” from the Congress chief.

The NaMo app is designed to ensure that users do not have access to any data other than their own, a government official said on Sunday, requesting anonymity. Data entered by any user is used for analytics using third-party service, similar to Google Analytics, said the official.

“The data in no way is stored or used by the third party services. Analytics and processing on the user data is done for offering users the most contextual content,” the official said. This ensures that a user gets the best possible experience in their own language. It also enables a unique, personalized experience according to a user’s interests, the official added.

“We also take this opportunity to encourage Rahul Gandhi to download NaMo App to keep himself appraised of the good things happening in India,” the BJP4India said in a tweet.

“Contrary to Rahul’s lies, 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,” the BJP added in another tweet.

“Rahul Gandhi is no match for Narendra Modi. But seeing his fright about the Namo App, is very amusing. When his bots tried to trend #DeleteNamoApp day before yesterday, the popularity and downloads of Namo App only increased,” it said.

In his tweet, Gandhi also attacked the media. “Ps. Thanks mainstream media, you’re doing a great job of burying this critical story, as always,” Gandhi tweeted.

The Congress and the BJP have indulged in a slinging match over data theft and the use of services of Cambridge Analytica, accused of harvesting data from Facebook.livemint