Narendra Modi app allegedly sharing user data without consent
Narendra Modi app has been the center of the buzz after allegedly sharing private users data with third-party US company Clever Tap. According to the French security researcher Elliot Alderson, the app has been sharing the user data without their consent.
In a series of tweets, Alderson wrote, “When you create a profile in the official @narendramodi #Android app, all your device info (OS, network type, Carrier …) and personal data (email, photo, gender, name, …) are send without your consent to a third-party domain called http://in.wzrkt.com (sic)”Read more ↓
The researcher also claimed that the domain where the data has been sent is a phishing link, owned by a company called G-data. Phishing links are usually designed to steal the users’ passwords, usernames, bank account details or fulfill other malicious motives, under the disguise of a trustworthy entity.
Alderson also wrote, “This domain is classified as a phishing link by the company G-Data. This website is hosted by @GoDaddy and the whois info are hidden.” The researcher also questioned Modi on why he thought of sharing the personal data of ‘your users without their consent to a third-party company.’
This isn’t the first time Alderson’s has questioned data privacy of the users. He was also the first one to flag the digital payments company Paytm claiming the app asked users for the ‘root access’ to their devices which would have given the company completed access to a user’s device.
He also claimed that Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus is allegedly sending clipboard data to the Chinese servers. The researcher claims that the file named badwords.txt in the OxygenOS beta may have helped the company to gain access to user data and direct it to a Chinese server without the consent of the users.
In response to Alderson’s tweets, Congress party’s chief spokesperson, Randeep Surjewala, asked, “IT Minister will not do a press conference on the NaMo App on these allegations of Data Chori! Will the media dare to question Modi ji on the functioning of his App? Will the brain behind this “Data Usurpation” be summoned? What about the 15 Lakh NCC cadets & their privacy?”
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