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NaMo app should be banned owing to privacy concerns: Congress

Chavan's remarks come after the government passed the interim order on Monday stating that Chinese apps were damaging to the sovereignty, integrity and security of India.

NaMo app should be banned owing to privacy concerns: Congress
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Former Maharashtra Chief Minister and senior Congress leader, Prithviraj Chavan have demanded a ban of NaMo App alleging that it violates the privacy of Indians. His remarks come after the government of India banned 59 Chinese apps including  TikTok, CAM Scanner, UC browser among others. 

The government passed the interim order on Monday stating that these apps were damaging to the sovereignty, integrity and security of India. The government has raised concerns over the safety of privacy of users in the country. 

Reacting to this, Chavan called for a ban of the NaMo app which is the official mobile phone application of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The app updates its users about PM Modi and the events he is addressing among other things. 

Apart from the other utility apps, a few applications carrying news have also been banned. This includes UC News, QQ Newsfeed and NewsDog which provides breaking news on politics, tech and more. 

In an attempt to corner the Modi government, Chavan said that the NaMo app violates the privacy of Indians by accessing 22 data points. He further alleged that the app secretly changes the privacy settings and sends data to third party companies in the United States. 

“It is good that Modi Govt is protecting the privacy of 130cr Indians by banning 59 Chinese apps. The NaMo app also violates privacy of Indians by accessing 22 data points, surreptitiously changing the privacy settings and sending data to third party companies in US, (sic),” Chavan tweeted with a hashtag #BanNaMoApp.

The move to ban 59 Chinese Apps comes in the backdrop of the Indo-China border tensions at the Galwan Valley in Ladakh. Although the Prime Minister has said that there has been no intrusion in Indian soil, but 20 Indian Army soldiers were martyred in violent clashes with the Chinese troops. 

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