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29 March 2018, 01:59 | Floyd Cook
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The firm works with over 4,000 brands across 100 countries, saysits website, which lists the likes of Star, Sony, DC Comics, BookMyShow, Zomato, and others as its clients.
On March 23, a French security researcher, who goes by the pseudonym Elliot Alderson, revealed that the Indian prime minister's app sends user data-name, email, mobile phone number, device information, location, and network carrier, among other things-to California-based CleverTap without their consent.
Gandhi's accusations came just days after the BJP accused the Congress of hiring Cambridge Analytica in India, which is under scrutiny for improperly harvesting the personal data of Facebook users to influence elections in the United States and elsewhere.
"Modi misusing PM position to build personal database with data on millions of Indians via the NaMo App promoted by Govt". PM Modi mentioned that in the current scenario all government departments were working together to ensure a healthy India. However, soon after on Monday, the Congress deleted its app from the Google Play Store before Alderson could share his tweets. The current controversy, as it concerns both political parties should be the spark that ignites the need to write a proper privacy of data and information bill.
The NaMo app mentions "exclusive opportunity to receive e-mails and messages directly from the PM" and receiving "personalised birthday greetings from the PM" among its highlights.
While addressing his monthly radio programme "Mann Ki Baat", the Prime Minister said a major decision was taken in this year's budget to ensure adequate returns to farmers when the government chose to give at least one-and-a-half times the input costs as MSP for the scheduled crops.
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra also targeted Gandhi in a press conference and accused him of spreading lies.
However, experts also say that data sharing could be risky business. The app now has 5 million downloads. So, the govt.'s invisible hand is firmly guiding people - including youngsters - to unknowingly become data providers to the BJP.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spent a considerable part of his monthly radio broadcast Mann Ki Baat on Sunday in reaching out to farmers and Dalits - two key constituencies that are of great significance ahead of next year's general elections.
Taking to his Twitter handle, Malviya shared a picture of the disclaimer of the site and targeted the Congress party for being upfront to accept that they will share the data with a third party.
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