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After reports of data breach, Narendra Modi app tweaks its privacy policy

The Narendra Modi app on Sunday tweaked its privacy policy after reports on the app breaching data did the rounds on social media, the Indian Express reported.

Earlier, according to an Indian Express report, the app would ask users to provide as many as 22 features on their devices, including location, photographs and contacts, microphone and camera.

The NaMo app updates users about achievements of the BJP government, and provides access to the audio of Prime Minister’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’.

Earlier, the BJP and Congress hit out over the alleged breach in user data with regards to the Namo app.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi had attacked PM Modi over the data theft. “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,” he tweeted.

Gandhi’s tweet came amid shocking claims of a French cyber expert.

French security researcher Elliot Alderson in a series of tweets claimed that Narendra Modi app, the personal mobile application of the Prime Minister has been sharing private information of users to a third-party US company, Clever Tap.

Alderson claimed that the app collects extensive information about its user’s device, including the type of operating system and network, as well as personal details such as name, gender, pictures and email address, and sends it to a third party domain without the user’s consent.

In response, the BJP lambasted Gandhi, saying that he and his party had zero knowledge when it came to using technology.

“Rahul Gandhi is in sublime form these days. After MRI & NCC, today he exposes his great knowledge about technology. He is so rattled by the Cambridge Analyitca expose that he daily tries to divert attention from it, yesterday it was the judiciary and today it is Namo App,” the BJP tweeted from its official handle.

In a series of tweets, a party spokesperson added, “Rahul Gandhi truly shows why he and his party have zero knowledge of technology. All they can do is scare the masses about technology while they continue to steal data using his ‘Brahmastra’ of Cambridge Analytica. We all know that Rahul Gandhi is no match for Narendra Modi. But seeing his fright about the Namo App, is very amusing. When his bots tried to trend #DeleteNamoApp day before yesterday, the popularity and downloads of Namo App only increased. Today, it will be no different! We also take this opportunity to encourage Rahul Gandhi to download NaMo App to keep himself apprised of the good things happening in India (sic),” the party tweeted.

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