TDP-led Andhra Pradesh government shared data with private agencies, panel finds – The New Indian Express

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By Express press service

VIJAYAWADA: The House committee investigating the alleged purchase of controversial spyware Pegasus and the theft of individuals’ data under the previous TDP regime met on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Bhumana Karunakar Reddy. The committee found that the previous government shared individuals’ data with some private agencies between 2016 and 2019.

House Committee members K Abbaiah Chowdary and M Jaganmohan Rao along with officials from the House and Information Technology departments attended the meeting which was held in the Assembly Hall .

Speaking to the media after the meeting, Bhumana said they had almost come to the conclusion that the previous government had intentionally resorted to sharing the data of individuals available with it with private agencies for political purposes. “Full details will be disclosed after the final committee meeting on Wednesday,” Bhumana said.

Recalling that the Telangana state government formed a special investigation team into the theft of data belonging to people from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, he said that the then government collected the data of people on behalf of welfare schemes and deleted the names of those found. be against on the electoral lists.

Although the issue of removing names from the voters list was raised by some public officials, the then government ignored it, he said. Making clear that the committee will only investigate the data leak and submit its report to the Assembly, Bhumana said it was up to the government to take a call to take action on the matter.

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