Data theft: Case filed against IT firm in Telangana, raids conducted

Hyderabad: The Telangana Police on Saturday filed a case against a Hyderabad-based IT firm for allegedly stealing data of voters through the ‘Seva Mitra’ mobile application, which was used by the TDP in Andhra Pradesh.

Under sections of the IPC and the IT Act, raids were held on Saturday and Sunday, after the police received a complaint from a data analyst who alleged that he found the TDP cadres were using certain software applications, especially ‘Seva Mitra’ app, for advancing the party’s electoral prospects. The firm was used by the Andhra Pradesh government to get hold of access to enormous amount of official and private data of individuals, including their Aadhaar numbers, he claimed.

Andhra Pradesh Information Technology Minister N Lokesh said the companies were hired curate the information whose complete rights were held by the party and that the Telangana police was harassing them.

“They are trying hard to steal the information of registered party members and Seva Mitras. The Telangana Police is harassing the companies that have been hired to curate the information whose complete rights are held by the (TDP) party,” he tweeted.

Meanwhile, TDP ministers and legislators claimed that TRS was stealing the data to help YSRC party, who along with  Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao was hatching a conspiracy against Chandrababu Naidu.

NT Bureau