Amid the allegations of sharing user data with a US-based company without consent by Congress, the official mobile application of Prime Minister Narendra Modi allowed guest users without entering their email address or phone numbers.
“No permission is compulsory on the Narendra Modi app. You can access the app even as a guest without entering your email address or phone,” the description of the Narendra Modi mobile app on Google Play store reads.
Earlier on Sunday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had accused Modi of having compromised the personal data of millions of Indians, who had downloaded his personal mobile application.
“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 Gandhi tweeted.
Hitting back at the Gandhi scion, BJP's national Information & Technology in-charge Amit Malviya accused Congress of leaking the data of its official app users to Singapore companies.
“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,” Malviya tweeted with a screenshot of Congress app's privacy agreement.
Joining Malviya, Union Minister Smriti Irani also took a dig at Rahul Gandhi and said, “Now that we're talking tech, would you care to answer @RahulGandhi ji why Congress sends data to Singapore Servers which can be accessed by any Tom, Dick and Analytica?”
Following the BJP’s allegations, the Congress party deleted its official mobile phone application from Google's Play Store.