Anger in India over Narendra Modi's official app allegedly sharing user data

Lucy Bush
March 29, 2018

Modi said while calculating the MSP, the input cost to be cosidered will include the labour cost, expenditure on machines and animals-also including machine and animals on hire-cost of seeds, fertilizers, irrigation, land revenue, interest on working capital, rent of leased land and even the labour cost of the farmer and his family.

The Indian prime minister has been engulfed in a row over claims that his official mobile phone app sends users' personal data to a third-party website without their consent.

Congress denied the BJP charge, saying that its membership site had been "defunct for a while now".

He added that Modi was misusing his position to build a personal database with data on millions of Indians via the NaMo App promoted by the government.

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Further targeting United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chief Sonia Gandhi, Malviya accused the Congress party of following "all power no accountability" dictum. Last week India's law and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said there were "numerous reports" of the Congress party's connections with controversial data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica. "I am India's Prime Minister", Gandhi wrote in a sarcastic Twitter post published Sunday.

It also came to light that the Facebook app has been logging the history of people's calls and text messages without their permission.

"As is usual with the BJP, they did not tell you that the "WithINC" app had only 15,000 downloads". So, the govt.'s invisible hand is firmly guiding people - including youngsters - to unknowingly become data providers to the BJP.

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Arvind, in his cartoon titled "The only thing that is safe and secure" pokes fun the Prime Minister's marksheet from Gujarat University, that said Modi has done his Masters in "Entire Political Science". There were allegations that it may have meddled in Indian elections as well, as BJP and the Congress had reportedly used the services of a partner Company named Ovleno Business Intelligence.

He said, it is the Congress, in fact, which is stealing data.

- PM Modi urged the people to be more conscious about preventive health care because prevention was not only beneficial for a person but also for his or her family and society. "Forget sharing, we don't collect any data through the App".

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