President of Indian National Congress (INC), Rahul Gandhi has called the Prime Minister Narendra Modi a Big Boss who spies on the people of India.
He tweeted,” Modi’s NaMo App secretly records audio, video, contacts of your friend & 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.”
“Modi misusing PM position to build a personal database with data on millions of Indians via the NaMo App promoted by Govt. If as PM he wants to use tech to communicate with India, no problem. But use the official APP for it. This data belongs to India, not Modi,” it added.
The ruling Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), however, rubbished the charge and told that the Congress chief was speaking a lie.
Earlier on Sunday, Gandhi said that the user’s data was shared with a firm based in America.
Gandhi’s counter-attack comes days after BJP accused Congress of allegedly hiring ‘Cambridge Analytica’ a firm that used personal data from Facebook to influence elections. However, the Congress party denied working with CA.
A media report said that French vigilante hacker alleged that data was stolen from his official NaMo app without user’s consent. Following the report, Gandhi tweeted, “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 friend in American companies.”
BJP’s Amit Malviya mimicked Rahul Gandhi by a similar tweet with Gandhi’s name.
A detailed report suggested that Modi had asked National Cadet Corps (NCC) to download NaMo app to interact with them after meeting Lt Gen Sahrawat last month.
The app allows users to receive messages and emails from Modi. The app is downloaded more than five million times as per industry estimates.