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On the Narendra Modi app and the Clevertap controversy

Security researcher Robert Baptiste, who goes by the pseudonym Elliot Alderson on Twitter, has alleged that that PM Narendra Modi's application, the "Narendra Modi" application, was collecting the following details about people who downloaded it: email, photo, name, gender, photo, education, device ID, date of birth, phone number, language preferences, profession, city, carrier, among other fields such as (what appear to be interests or the willingness to receive alerts about the PM), video preferences etc. 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 https://t.co/N3zA3QeNZO. pic.twitter.com/Vey3OP6hcf — Elliot Alderson (@fs0c131y) March 23, 2018 This data is being sent to Clevertap, Baptiste revealed, which is a California based company, and has servers outside of India. 1. What is CleverTap's role in collecting information? Clevertap is an analytics and a customer marketing platform. It collects data offered to it by the device (with user permissions), from forms filled in by the user, and on segments based on actions taken by the user within the application. The data collection here is being done by the Narendra Modi app, and not Clevertap: Collection of demographic information is based on fields that the Narendra Modi app has defined Device and network related information is what has been enabled by the Operating System and allowed by users Behavioral information has been collected by the Narendra Modi app,…

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