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Daily Digest: Charges Stick To The NAMO App On Chipko Movement Day

Our daily news round up also looks at Steve Smith, Aadhaar and the Stormy Daniels story

Good morning. On this day, 45 years ago, members of the Dasholi Gram Swarajya Sangh from Gopeshwar in Uttarakhand resorted to clinging onto trees to dissuade the government and contractors from felling them. It was the birth of the Chipko movement- one that attracted international attention with women at the forefront of the agitation. The protest was founded by Gandhian social worker Chandi Prasad Bhatt and historian Anupam Mishra told The Hindu in 2002 that it was called ‘angalwaltha’ or embrace in Garhwali earlier. Later, Chipko or ‘to stick’ in Hindi replaced it.

Speaking of sticking, the charges made against the NAMO App by French hacker @Fs0c131y on Twitter seem to have stuck. Alt News reported last night that the privacy policy on the app had been changed and the following has been added to it.

“The following information maybe processed by third party services to offer you a better experience as stated above:

— name, email, mobile phone number

— device information, location and network carrier”

The furore over third party ownership of data hit new heights after Congress President Rahul Gandhi mocked Prime Minister Modi, saying: “Hi! My name is Narendra Modi. I am India’s Prime Minister. When you sign up for my official App, I give all your data to my friends in American companies.” Being an equal opportunity offender of sorts, @fs0c131y has now gone after the Congress’ Android app.


After another brain fade, Steve Smith will now be referred to as the former Australian captain. Smith has also been banned for a test match after ball-tampering by Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera and the former was said to be part of a “leadership group” which advised Bancroft to go ahead with it.

In an interview with Anderson Cooper on ’60 Minutes, adult filmstar Stormy Daniels revealed that she was threatened in Las Vegas by people close to Trump in 2011 to keep mum about their affair in 2006. Daniels, who apparently received $130,000 as hush money by the US President, said she was asked to “leave Trump alone” and “forget the story” by a man in presence of her daughter.

In other news, junior Union tourism and IT minister K.J. Alphons continued to be in the eye of the storm. Speaking to The Times of India on Sunday, the minister attempted to clarify an earlier statement comparing the US visa scan to Aadhaar, saying: “I never said we strip before a US agency. I can’t be blamed if someone doesn’t understand the meaning of body scan.”

And in continuing cases of ‘encounters’ from Uttar Pradesh since the Yogi government assumed power, PTI reported that “three wanted law breakers were killed and six others arrested in seven separate encounters in four districts, in which six policemen were also injured, police claimed today (Sunday).”

We finally move on to Aadhaar, the gift that keeps on giving. The TOI quotes two online experts who say that the online databases of two Public Sector Enterprises were leaking tracts of Aadhaar data and that the issue was resolved a month after the breach was found.

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