Cong shares data with Maoists, friends in Singapore, says BJP

In a series of Tweets, he further alleged that the Congress party "will share data with like-minded groups, the implications are grave

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New Delhi: The battle of nerves on the data breach row between the Congress and the BJP has only turned bitter now. In a fitting reply to Rahul Gandhi’s sarcastic tweet on Narendra Modi App, the BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya alleges that the grand old party has shared data with ‘friends in Singapore’ and even ‘Maoists’.

“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,” Mr Malviya tweeted sarcastically on Monday – a day after Mr Gandhi posted on similar lines in the micro-blogging site and had alleged that data mined from ‘Narendra Modi App’ have been shared with companies in the US.

In a series of Tweets, he further alleged that the Congress party “will share data with like-minded groups, the implications are grave. From Maoists, stone pelters, Bharat Ke Tukde Gang, Chinese embassy to globally ‘renowned’ organisations like Cambridge Analytica, the field is extensive and wide open”.

Mr Malviya also wrote: “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!”

He again wrote: “Inspired by Sonia Gandhi’s ‘all power no accountability’ dictum, Congress will take all your data, even share it worldwide with organisations like Cambridge Analytica but will not take responsibility of it! Their own policy says so”.

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani has also ridiculed Rahul Gandhi via ‘Chhota Bheem’ jibe.

“Rahul Gandhiji, even ‘Chhota Bheem’ knows that commonly asked permission on Apps don’t tantamount to snooping,” I & B Minister Ms Irani tweeted.

In another tweet, she wrote: “Now that we’re talking tech, would you care to answer @RahulGandhiji why Congress sends data to Singapore Servers which can be accessed by any Tom, Dick and Analytica?”

Last week, the Union IT Minister Ravi Shanker Prasad warned against the abuse of technology and cautioned that if required, even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg could also be summoned.

The Congress has dismissed the charges outright and had alleged that data mined from ‘Narendra Modi App’ have been shared with companies in the US.