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Who Compromised Data Of App, Website Users? BJP, Congress Spar On Twitter

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Who Compromised Data Of App, Website Users? BJP, Congress Spar On Twitter

When it comes to data, the devil is in the detail. The BJP and Congress find out the hard way as hackers and social media expose potential vulnerabilities in their apps.

 

 

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress were locked in an ugly war of words on Twitter over the manner and usage of user data extracted through apps created by their respective parties.

 

In a fallout of the Cambridge Analytica- Facebook fiasco, both parties have accused each other of manipulating data to influence voters in India. Both parties have been targeting each other over the past week with hashtags such as ‘DataChorCongress’, ‘DeleteNaMoApp’ and ‘DeleteCongressFakeNews’.

 

French vigilante hacker who goes by the pseudonym ‘Elliot Alderson’ created a stir online when he tweeted that the official Narendra Modi app collects data from its users without their consent and sends it to a third party company in the U.S.

 

 

The French hacker, who has gained a wide following in India on Twitter for exposing several security flaws in India’s unique identity project Aadhaar, aslo tweeted his correspondence with the developers of the NaMo app.

 

 

Following this, the privacy policy of the NaMo app was quietly changed to say certain information might be processed by third parties. (Click here to read the revised policy)

 

 

Congress President Rahul Gandhi took aim at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and mainstream media for downplaying an important story.

 

 

In response the BJP’s official Twitter handle retorted accusing Gandhi of having ‘zero knowledge of technology’ and accused his party of fear mongering.

 

 

 

In a series of tweets the party explained that it was used analytics similar to Google Analytics in order to show users the most relevant content to them.

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile, the vigilante hacker has turned his attention to the Congress party’s now deleted app on the Android app store. The hacker has alleged that the Congress party has its servers in Singapore while poorly encrypting data on its app.

 

 

 

 

Divya Spandana who heads the social media and digital communications team of the Congress has claimed that the app has been defunct for a while now and that membership to the party is through its website.

 

 

 

Spandana is now sparring with Amit Malviya who heads the BJP’s information and technology cell as both parties accuse each other of hypocrisy and doublespeak on data privacy.

 

 

 

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