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Amid Of Data Breaching Allegations, Siddaramaiah's App Goes Offline From Google Playstore

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| March 30 , 2018 , 17:06 IST

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's app has gone missing on Friday after the allegations of data breaching. Some days back, the official app of the Congress party had vanished from the Google Play Store.

This comes after a person on Twitter alleged that the app was selling personal data of the users to a private company.

French security researcher Baptiste Robert, who is known by his Twitter username Elliot Alderson, said that the name, phone number, date of birth, gender of a user is sent to a private company.

He said, "Every time, I open the app I have this pop up: Internet speed is too slow."

On clicking the links that come up on a Google search, a message reads, "This content is not available in your country yet. We're working to bring the content you love to more countries as quickly as possible. Please check back again soon."

The Centre for e-Governance runs the Siddaramaiah app using content that the chief minister’s office provides. It was launched on October 31, 2017, and widely promoted on government websites, newspaper and television ads, billboards, and even buses. More than 1 lakh people downloaded it.

The Karnataka government has also given the directions to take down the app following the Election Commission of India’s instruction to delete posts and other mentions on social media that promote the government’s achievements.

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Voting for the elections in Karnataka for the 224-seat Assembly will take be held on May 12. The result will be announced on May 15th.

On March 26, the Congress party appeared to have taken their app 'With INC' from the Google Store.

Cambridge Analytica (CA), the political data firm was exposed as stealing Facebook user's data. The Congress party found itself in trouble after Chris Wylie, former director of research at CA and whistleblower of the whole scam, named the grand old party as one of the firm's clients in his disposition before the British parliament.