War of words broke out between Smriti Irani and Rahul Gandhi
with the I&B Minister mocking the Congress President for deleting his party’s official app from Google Play Store on Monday, 26 March.
Irani, on Twitter, questioned the Gandhi scion for deleting the app, when he had been appealing to the public to delete the NaMo app.
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) March 26, 2018
.@RahulGandhi ji, even ‘Chhota Bheem’ knows that commonly asked permission on Apps don’t tantamount to snooping. — Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) March 26, 2018 App Deleted as Wrong URL Was Being Circulated Congress. The Indian National Congress, however, has clarified that the app was deleted from the Play Store as the wrong URL was being circulated and people were being misled.
.@RahulGandhi ji, even ‘Chhota Bheem’ knows that commonly asked permission on Apps don’t tantamount to snooping.
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) March 26, 2018
App Deleted as Wrong URL Was Being Circulated Congress.
The Indian National Congress, however, has clarified that the app was deleted from the Play Store as the wrong URL was being circulated and people were being misled.
The WithINC app is a membership app & has not been in use for over 5 months since we moved membership to https://t.co/HkouqDJ8hN from 16th Nov 2017.
The URL (https://t.co/s6EcGp0Oet) quoted by the media is the defunct URL from the app. The actual membership URL can be seen below pic.twitter.com/bXFXBEdcUg
— Congress (@INCIndia) March 26, 2018
Divya Spandana, Head of Congress Social Media, also took to Twitter to clarify that the deletion of the party’s app was due to defunct URL.
The URL for membership on the INC app has been defunct for a while now. Our membership is through the INC website. How difficult is that to understand- https://t.co/UbS5vrTcNL
— Divya Spandana/Ramya (@divyaspandana) March 26, 2018
Modi, the ‘Big Boss Who Likes to Spy on Indians’: Gandhi.
Earlier, Congress President Gandhi on Monday, 26 March had claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s NaMo app “secretly recorded” data, including audio, video and contact details.
He also labelled Modi as the “Big Boss who likes to spy on Indians”.
Gandhi further accused Modi of “forcing” 13 lakh NCC cadets to download the mobile 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. 13 lakh NCC cadets are being forced to download the APP.#DeleteNaMoApp
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) March 26, 2018
NaMo App Selling Data to US Firms: Gandhi.
The BJP on Sunday, 25 March, had denied Gandhi’s allegations that Modi had leaked user data from the NaMo app to US firms, saying that the app didn’t ask for blanket permissions when started, and “even allows access to users in guest mode without any permission for data”.
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.https://t.co/IZYzkuH1ZH
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) March 25, 2018
Sources told that the permissions required for the app are all “contextual and cause-specific”.
“Contact access is required to connect with friends or fellow party workers on the New India connect module.
If a person has entered his email address and date of birth, he receives a personalised birthday greeting from the Prime Minister.
Each function asks for the specific permission when access is required,” a source told.
Referring to Gandhi’s mention of a French vigilante hacker who allegedly found the data breach, the source further mentioned that the data is “entered by the user on his own device” and hence it was “not a security breach”, as a result of which the person does not have access to “any data apart from his own data”, reported.
Adding that the data is used for analytics using third party service, just like Google Analytics, the source, defending the BJP, said: “Analytics and processing on the user data is done for offering users the most contextual content. This ensures that a user gets the best possible experience by show content in his/her own language.”
KJ Alphons Calls Gandhi’s Allegations “Fake News.
KJ Alphons, Minister of State for Tourism, hit back at Gandhi’s allegation, calling it “fake news.
He said the suggestion that the “prime minister of India would transfer data to some company in the US” was outrageous.
Gandhi was referring to a media report in which a French vigilante hacker in a series of tweets alleged that the personal data, including email IDs, photos, names, and other details of users of Modi’s mobile app, were being sent to a third-party domain without their consent.
It worth to say: I’m not making politics. I only believe in the technical truth. Don’t trust political speeches from both side. Thing is, @narendramodi’s app is sending personal data to a 3rd party company without user consent. The rest are just suppositions
— Elliot Alderson (@fs0c131y) March 25, 2018
When you create a profile in the official @narendramodi #Android app, all your device info (OS, network type, Carrier …) and personal data (email, photo, gender, name, …) are send without your consent to a third-party domain called https://t.co/N3zA3QeNZO. pic.twitter.com/Vey3OP6hcf
— Elliot Alderson (@fs0c131y) March 23, 2018
The Congress President had also accused the mainstream media of “burying this critical story, as always”.
Gandhi’s remarks came days after the BJP accused the Congress of compromising national security by roping in political data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica to run its 2019 election campaign. The firm is allegedly involved in social media data manipulation.>