Pendency of cases: Rahul Gandhi hits out at government

'Data War': Congress, BJP lock horns, allege each other of sharing user data with third parties

Union Minister Alphons Kannanthanam today termed as a "pack of lies" the charge of Congress President Rahul Gandhi that data from the Prime Minister's official App was being shared, without users' consent.

"Do you think the Prime Minister of India is going to transfer the data to a private company in US?"

A security researcher, who has previously highlighted some vulnerabilities in India's national identity card project and who tweets under the pseudonym Elliot Alderson, posted here a series of tweets on Saturday stating the app was sending personal user data to a third-party domain that was traced to an American company.

Anderson claims came amidst major data breach row on Facebook by a british analytics firm, Cambridge Analytica.

The saffron party claimed that the NaMo app could be used with giving any permission or data.

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"Congress needs to fight harder at every single booth and defeat BJP".

Reacting to Rahul's tweet, the BJP said: "Rahul Gandhi is in sublime form these days. When his bots tried to trend #DeleteNamoApp day before yesterday, the popularity and downloads of Namo App only increased", it said.

On the coming assembly polls in Karnataka, Gandhi said he was confident of his party winning not only the state but also the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. "What kind of chowkidari (watchman's job) is Narendra Modi doing", he asked. "Analytics on the user data is done for offering users the most contextual content". "The permissions required are all contextual and cause-specific".

The ministry raised six questions in its notice, from whether the firm had engaged in profiling based on the data collected, to how the data was used and if consent had been secured from the concerned individuals.

The IT service is investigating the issue of abuse of information, and exploring steps that can be taken to ensure protection of user information against misuse, without curbing the social media offtake in the country. He questioned the role of Cambridge Analytica, which was named in an investigative report by Britain's channel 4 for having harvested data of up to 50 million Facebook users without permission and using them to help politicians. "All they do is scare the masses about technology while they continue to steal data using "Brahmastra" of Cambridge Analytica".

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