TDP govt mined personal data, tried to misuse it: Andhra panel | India News

VIJAYAWADA: An Andhra Pradesh assembly committee probing allegations of data theft through a mobile app devised by N Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP Tuesday tabled an interim report holding the party guilty of infringing on citizens’ rights when it was in government during the period 2016-19.
Committee chairperson Bhumana Karunakar Reddy said the erstwhile TDP government mined personal information, including individual political affiliations, through the “Seva Mitra” app. He claimed there was evidence of TDP targeting 30 lakh voters who it suspected of being against it.
Amid protests by TDP members, the chief of the House committee on unlawful interception of communications, data theft and illegal transmission said the party intercepted phone calls of opposition members, besides passing on data accessed by government agencies to private parties that then attempted to misuse the information.
The committee held meetings with heads of departments and senior officials on four occasions during the course of the investigation, Reddy said. The panel is separately looking into allegations about misuse of Israeli spyware Pegasus to tap the mobile phones of those who were then in the opposition, including those from YSR Congress.

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