After BJP accuses it of leaking user details, Congress pulls down official app

The Congress today pulled down its official app from the Google Play Store, after it was accused of sharing the application's users' details with a Singapore firm Photograph: (WION) Photograph:( WION Web Team )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 26, 2018, 06.14 PM (IST)

The Congress today pulled down its official app from the Google Play Store, after it was accused of sharing the application's users' details with a Singapore firm.

"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," the BJP's IT cell chief Amit Malviya had tweeted earlier in the day. There was also a tweet from French security researcher Baptiste Robert aka Elliot Anderson.

It was Anderson who had set the ball rolling on the data leakage charges. Rahul Gandhi's allegation yesterday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's NaMo app was sharing users' details with private US companies was based on charges made by Anderson. Those charges have since come back to trouble the Congress.

"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 the theft of all forms, Congress has never been discreet!," Malviya had added. The BJP IT cell head further alleged that if the "Congress party says that they will share data with like-minded people, then chances are that it could be people like Maoists, stone pelters, Chinese embassy and Cambridge Analytica." Further targeting United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chief Sonia Gandhi, Malviya accused the Congress party of following 'all power no accountability' dictum. "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 the tweet. "Inspired by Sonia Gandhi's 'all power no accountability' dictum, Congress will take all your data, even share it worldwide with orgs like Cambridge Analytica but will not take responsibility for it! Their own policy says so" he added. A furore erupted yesterday after Rahul accused Prime Minister Modi of leaking details of users to US firms through the NaMo app. "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," Rahul tweeted. Rahul made the statement referring to a media report that quoted a French security researcher claiming that the Narendra Modi app sends all the device info and personal data including email IDs, photos, gender and names of the users without consent to a third-party domain belonging to an American company. (With inputs from ANI)