Poll apps, including TRS Mission, under a scanner
On the Google Play save, several cell apps on election control evolved by way of non-public corporations have come underneath the scanner of Election Commission of India and the police. Though officials aren’t involved about apps on voter listing seek, electoral rolls and celebration or candidate’s ballot marketing campaign or posters, they may verify if an app is the usage of touchy facts. Profiling of voters primarily based on caste will also be checked out.
TDP has released an offensive on Twitter approximately an app called “TRS Mission-Call Campaign”, which changed into deleted from Google Play. Screenshot images of the app show information of Aasara beneficiary names and phone numbers. The app also has an choice to recognize voter choices for a political birthday celebration. Though the app has been deleted, a Google seek indicates that it has an internet site as properly.
One Prasad Atluri tweeted to KT Rama Rao, “I assume you removed votes thru TRS Mission App and Sakala Janula Survey & it’s miles the reason for TRS win despite the fact that there is a lot of negativity on TS Govt. So you’re doubting TDP would do the same thing? But do not worry, TDP has ethics (SIC).”
Another TDP supporter tweeted, “KTR need to be busy coordinating along with his group concerning “TRS Mission” app. Why is the entirety related to that app being deleted if you hadn’t carried out anything incorrect?”
Anurag, a TRS supporter, tweeted, “TRS project is an election campaigning utility. All it has is the beneficiary call, cell number, vicinity info. It does not store any sensitive data facts, not like sevamitra which has caste, aadhar information without public consent.”
South Africa and New Jersey wings of TRS released this app earlier than the latest elections in Telangana. However, a TRS supply stated, “The app isn’t always a party authentic app like TDP’s Seva Mitra. It changed into done by means of NRIs only to call the electorate and request for votes. The purpose changed into to give an explanation for to citizens about authorities schemes. There is no question of beneficiary statistics or any other touchy facts. It is only a calling app. TDP, to divert attention, is trying to make an problem.”
Applications like Creative Election and Poll Management by means of non-public corporations, that have caste profiling of voters, also came below scanner. On events like TRS, YSRC, TDP, BJP, and Congress, there are many club apps, poster-making apps, celebration news apps, and voter explanation apps, however, unless they contain sensitive records, officials stated, there was not anything to be concerned about.
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