BJP targets Congress over App data breach

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On Saturday, the Congress targeted the NaMo app for alleged data sharing with a US-based firm.

The Congress responded on Twitter saying it was forced to remove the app as an incorrect link was being circulated and people were being misled. He said, "Tomorrow, Rahulji will tweet that the NaMo app is directly connected to the EVMs and that's how the BJP was winning elections across the country".

March 26 (NT): Firing a fresh word-bombardment in yet another Twitter attack at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's official app NaMo, Congress Party president Rahul Gandhi likened the former to the "Big Boss who likes to spy on Indians".

Responding to the allegations that the Congress party's "With INC" app was also sharing the users' data with a firm in Singapore, the Congress leader said that unlike BJP, the supporters of his party use offline means to connect with the party.

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? "Such irresponsible remarks should be condemned", the former Prime Minister said. But use the official PMO APP for it. Information on broadcasting minister Smriti Irani plainly asked Rahul Gandhi why?

Rahul, in a tweet, alleged that the NaMo app surreptitiously records the user's location, audio, video, contact information and other personal data. "Instead of deleting NaMoApp, they have deleted the Congress App itself", Irani said, posting screenshots of the play store that shows the Congress app is not available.

Dismissing the Congress party's allegations, the BJP said the Narendra Modi app allows users to enter without any permission and even has a "Guest Mode" browsing facility. "He would claim that EVMs were rigged with the help of the NaMo app".

Experts have cautioned people to be beware about risks associated with social media and downloading apps irresponsibly on their smart phones.

Games often ask for permissions to access friend's lists or contacts.

The row comes at a time of heightened sensitivity worldwide after the alleged misuse of personal data amid the unfolding Facebook-Cambridge Analytica controversy.

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