Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over reports of data theft via his android app.
Taking a dig at the Prime Minister, Rahul 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 friends in American companies.”
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.
This domain is classified as a phishing link by G-Data, a Germany-based software firm that focuses on computer security solutions. A phishing link leads to websites that extract confidential information from users by tricking them into believing they are on a legitimate website, he said.
Anderson claims came amidst major data breach row on Facebook by a british analytics firm, Cambridge Analytica.
Meanwhile, India has set a March 31 deadline for London-based political consultancy Cambridge Analytica to respond to a query on whether it was engaged to improperly harvest Facebook data on Indian citizens, the information technology ministry said.
The ministry raised six questions in its notice, from whether the firm had engaged in profiling based on the data collected, to how the data was used and if consent had been secured from the concerned individuals.
The government was deeply concerned with allegations that data could have been used to influence people’s behaviour, the ministry said.
The ministry has threatened to take legal action against companies and individuals engaging in any unauthorised use of such data.