Centre for Internet & Society

PM’s NaMo app sends user data to third party in US, says researcher.

Sunil Abraham was quoted in the article published by Financial Times on March 28, 2018.

“People are outraged that there is a peephole,” says Sunil Abraham, executive director of the Bangalore-based Centre for Internet and Society, a non-profit research organisation. “They are not outraged that anyone has looked into the peephole — because there is no evidence of that yet.”

For Mr Abraham, however, the controversy demonstrates that “Indian political parties have a voracious appetite for political data. If unchecked by law or public outrage, they will continue to hoover up as much data as they can from our devices.”

“Privacy is definitely a political issue,” says Mr. Abraham. “Political parties are reacting not because they will get into trouble under the law. They are reacting because they areafraid their supporters may not like it.”