As allegations of details of NaMo app users being stored with a US-based company cropped up, sources close to the information technology (IT) cell of the BJP said every single byte was kept at data centres in India. “It is an app for Indians, created by a national
party. Those who are taking uneducated guesses should know that none of the data is being kept abroad,” a person with the party’s IT cell said.
War of words, between BJP and Congress
The BJP on Monday described Rahul Gandhi’s accusation of “data theft” against Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “a classic case of technological illiteracy” and said the Congress president was rattled after his plan to influence the next Lok Sabha election with the help of Cambridge Analytica was “exposed”.
A host of BJP leaders reacted with sarcasm and strong criticism following the Gandhi’s attack on Modi, with Union minister Smriti Irani mocking him, saying that even ‘Chhota Bheem’, a cartoon character, knows that commonly asked permission on apps was not “tantamount to snooping”. At a press conference, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra lashed out at Gandhi, saying such kind of technological illiteracy had rarely been seen in Indian politics. He said Gandhi could tweet tomorrow that Modi and the BJP were connected to electronic voting machines through the NaMo app and they have been winning election after election because they have hacked it. The Congress on Monday questioned how safe people's money and their personal information were under the BJP-led government in the wake of a string of bank frauds and allegations related to data theft. “It is an attempt like Bigg Boss of spying on Indians. Modiji is attacking the privacy. It is a data leak government,” senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi told reporters.