New Delhi, Mar 25: The Prime Minister Office (PMO) on Sunday issued a statement over allegation of security breach of Aadhaar data by Narendra Modi (NaMo) App. Hitting out at Congress President Rahul Gandhi and the Congress, the PMO said that the Opposition party has zero knowledge of technology. Also Read - Assam Elections 2021: BJP Releases List of 70 Candidates; Fields Sonowal From Majuli, Himanta From Jalukbari
The statement came after Gandhi, in his tweets, accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of data breach via his official Narendra Modi app to US firms. Also Read - Will Actor Mithun Chakraborty Join BJP? His Plan to Share Stage With PM Modi at Bengal Rally Creates Speculation
Gandhi had written in his tweet, “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.” Also Read - PM Modi Discusses Production Linked Incentive Scheme With India Inc | Key Points
However, in the statement, PMO has said that the data exposed by the French Twitter user is the data entered by the user on his own device. This is not a security breach. The person does not have access to any data apart from his own data.
In the tweet, Gandhi was referring to a media report which says that a French security, named Elliot Alderson (@fs0c131y), has claimed that Narendra Modi app is allegedly sharing private information of users to a third-party US company Clever Tap without their consent.
Meanwhile, hitting back at Gandhi, Union Minister KJ Alphons refuted reports and asked not to believe on this kind of fake news.
The controversy erupted after a Twitter war broke out between BJP law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Congress President Rahul Gandhi. The BJP has accused Congress of compromising national security by roping in political data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica to run its 2019 election campaign.
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had alleged that the Congress resorted to data theft and data manipulation to win elections and questioned the role of the Cambridge Analytica in the social media management of Congress and party president Rahul Gandhi’s social media accounts.
In defense, the Congress called Prasad a “minister of lies”, and asked the BJP that if Cambridge Analytica was involved in stealing data, then why did it take its services and whether it would register an FIR against CA and its Indian arm Ovleno Business Intelligence (OBI).