Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the "Big Boss who likes to spy" and accused him of recording audio, video and tracking user location through Global Positioning System from his mobile app. "When you sign up for my official App, I give all your data to my friends in American companies", wrote opposition Congress Party Chief Rahul Gandhi in a Twitter message on Sunday.
The Prime Minister also hailed the role of leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Ram Manohar Lohia, Charan Singh and Devi Lal for recognising agriculture and the farmer as vital aspects of the nation's economy.
In his radio address, he talked about a " fit India" and preventive healthcare, PM Modi stressed that yoga is a form of preventive healthcare. However, the app - or the website "narendramodi.in" - is not owned by or affiliated to the government, which generally uses the domain "nic.in" or "gov.in".
While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has said that it uses CleverTap's services exclusively for analytics, and not for re-marketing, there is now heightened concern over what exactly happens with this data.
His attack on the prime minister was based on a media report in which a French vigilante hacker alleged that data was stolen from his official NaMo app without the consent of the users.
"Inspired by Sonia Gandhi's "all power no accountability" dictum, Congress will take all your data, even share it worldwide with orgs like Cambridge Analytica but will not take responsibility for it!"
Digital law expert and author Pavan Duggal said Indian regulations offered particularly weak safeguards. He said the company works with first-party data provided by the app publisher. While a committee headed by Justice BN Srikrishna is working on India's data protection framework, at present there's no guideline to specify leak of which data amounts to violation. "We neither control how publishers frame their privacy policies nor review them". This means that it studies what users do with an app and this, in turn, helps the app creators tailor userexperiences accordingly.
The Prime Minister added that in order to ensure that farmers do not have to go far to sell their produce, 22,000 village haats are being upgraded to agricultural produce market committees (APMCs) and being integrated with e-NAM (National Agriculture Market) platform.