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Data privacy row: 'Has your team deleted Congress app instead of NaMo app', Smriti Irani takes dig at Rahul Gandhi

The war of words, started with Congress campaign #DeleteNaMoApp, heated up on Monday on both sides as Rahul Gandhi also tweeted further accusations.

Reported by: India TV Politics Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: March 26, 2018 13:09 IST ]
Data privacy row: 'Has your team deleted Congress app

Data privacy row: 'Has your team deleted Congress app instead of NaMo app', Smriti Irani takes dig at Rahul Gandhi

A day after Congress president Rahul Gandhi alleged that Narendra Modi app exposed users to data theft by the United States-based firms, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) IT cell head Amit Malviya has accused Congress of sharing data of users with 'friends in Singapore'. 

Mocking Rahul Gandhi on Twitter, Malviya on Monday wrote: "Hi! My name is Rahul Gandhi. I am the President of India’s oldest political party. When you sign up for our official App, I give all your data to my friends in Singapore."

Malviya's tweet was an imitation of Rahul Gandhi's post from yesterday where he had said: "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."

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Sharing a screenshot of Congress app's privacy agreement, the BJP leader claimed that it allows the party to share the data with 'anyone'. 

"Full marks to @INCIndia for stating upfront that they'll give your data to **practically anyone** - undisclosed vendors, unknown volunteers, even 'groups with similar causes'. In theft of all forms, Congress has never been discreet!," Malviya tweeted. 

He further alleged that when Congress says they will share your data with like-minded groups, the implications are grave. "From Maoists, stone pelters, Bharat Ke Tukde Gang, Chinese embassy to globally ‘renowned’ orgs like Cambridge Analytica, the field is extensive and wide open," he said in a series of tweets. 

Congress party has reportedly deleted the mobile application from Google's Play Store after the allegations. 

Taking a dig at the missing 'With INC' app, Union minister Smriti Irani asked Rahul Gandhi is his team has done opposite of what he wanted by deleting Congress app instead of NaMo. 

"Ye kya @RahulGandhi ji it seems your team is doing the opposite of what you asked for. Instead of #DeleteNaMoApp, they have deleted the Congress App itself," she tweeted.

The war of words, started with Congress campaign #DeleteNaMoApp, heated up on Monday on both sides as Rahul Gandhi also tweeted further accusations. 

"Modi’s NaMo App secretly records audio, video, contacts of your friends & 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," the Congress chief alleged. 

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Yesterday, BJP had claimed that Congress' #DeleteNaMoApp did not only fail but also help make NaMo app more popular. 

"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!," the party had said in a statement on Sunday.

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