In a post on social media, Mr Gandhi said, ‘Modi misusing PM position to build personal database with data on millions of Indians via the NaMo App promoted by government.
If as PM, he wants to use tech to communicate with India, no problem. But use the official PMO App for it. This data belongs to India, not Modi.’
Earlier on Monday, Rahul alleged that Mr Modi’s NaMo App secretly records audio, video and contacts of friends and family of those who download the App. In a post on social media, Mr Gandhi, describing Mr Modi as ‘the big boss who likes to spy on Indians’, alleged that 13 lakh NCC cadets were being forced to download the application.
‘Modi’s NaMo App secretly records audio, video, contacts of your friends & family and even tracks your location via GPS. He’s the Big Boss who likes to spy on Indians. Now he wants data on our children. Thirteen lakh NCC cadets are being forced to download the App.’
It’s the second day in succession that Rahul has made allegations of data breach from the NaMo App. On Sunday, he took a jibe at Mr Modi on reports that user information on the Narendra Modi App was being leaked to American companies.
In a tweet, Mr Gandhi also alleged that the “mainstream media” was burying critical stories. ‘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. Thanks mainstream media, you’re doing a great job of burying this critical story, as always,’ Congress president said sarcastically.
The tweet by Rahul came after news reports surfaced that a French vigilante hacker had made a stunning revelation accusing Mr Modi of having compromised the personal data of millions of Indians, who had downloaded his personal mobile app.
Monday’s allegations by Rahul came after the BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya hit out at the Congress president and alleged that the grand old party has shared data with ‘friends in Singapore’ and even ‘Maoists’.
“Hi! My name is Rahul Gandhi. I am the President of India’s oldest political party. When you sign up for our official App, I give all your data to my friends in Singapore,” Mr Malviya tweeted sarcastically on Monday — a day after Mr Gandhi posted on similar lines in the micro-blogging site and had alleged that data mined from ‘Narendra Modi App’ have been shared with companies in the US.
In a series of tweets, he further alleged that the Congress party “will share data with like-minded groups, the implications are grave. From Maoists, stone pelters, Bharat Ke Tukde Gang, Chinese embassy to globally ‘renowned’ orgs like Cambridge Analytica, the field is extensive and wide open”.
Mr Malviya also wrote: “Full marks to @INCIndia for stating upfront that they’ll give your data to practically anyone — undisclosed vendors, unknown volunteers, even ‘groups with similar causes’. In theft of all forms, Congress has never been discreet!”
He again wrote: “Inspired by Sonia Gandhi’s ‘all power no accountability’ dictum, Congress will take all your data, even share it worldwide with orgs like Cambridge Analytica but will not take responsibility of it! Their own policy says so.”
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani also made a ‘Chhota Bheem’ — a cartoon character -jibe at Congress president Rahul Gandhi. “RahulGandhi ji, even ‘Chhota Bheem’ knows that commonly asked permission on Apps don’t tantamount to snooping,” I&B Minister Ms Irani tweeted.
In another tweet, she wrote: “Now that we’re talking tech, would you care to answer @RahulGandhi ji why Congress sends data to Singapore Servers which can be accessed by any Tom, Dick and Analytica?”
At the same, BJP’s IT cell chief Amit Malviya has joined issue with the country’s oldest party and wanted to know why the Congress party’s “membership website” is no longer available.