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Rahul accuses PM Modi of sharing NaMo app users’ personal details with US firms

The NaMo app, which takes its name from the first two letters each of the prime minister’s name and surname, allows users to receive messages and mails from Modi.

india Updated: Mar 25, 2018 22:25 IST
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
All India Congress Committee president Rahul Gandhi addresses a public meeting in Malavall town in Mysuru on Saturday.
All India Congress Committee president Rahul Gandhi addresses a public meeting in Malavall town in Mysuru on Saturday. (PTI File Photo)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday alleged that the data of users who had installed the NaMo App on their mobile phones was shared with an American firm, a charge the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) immediately denied.

“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. Ps. Thanks mainstream media, you’re doing a great job of burying this critical story, as always,” Gandhi wrote on Twitter.

His tweet shared the link of an article on a news website that quoted a “French vigilante hacker” who alleged that the personal data of Indians who use the NaMo app was compromised.

The BJP, on Twitter, denied the charge.

The party’s official handle said the “data exposed by the French Twitter user is the data entered by the user on his own device”, adding that it was “not a security breach” and that a person “does not have access to any data apart from his own data”.

The NaMo app, which takes its name from the first two letters each of the prime minister’s name and surname, allows users to receive messages and mails from Modi. It has been downloaded over five million times, according to industry estimates.

The Congress chief’s counter-offensive against the Modi government comes days after the BJP accused the Congress of allegedly hiring the London-based Cambridge Analytica (CA), which is in the eye of the storm for illegally harvesting personal data from Facebook to influence elections in other countries. The Congress denied working with CA and said it was the BJP that had worked with the firm.

The NaMo app data, the BJP said, was in no way stored or used by third-party services. “Analytics and processing on the user data is done for offering users the most contextual content,” it said.

“This ensures that a user gets the best possible experience by show content in his/her own language. It also enables a unique, personalised experience according to a person’s interests.”