Facebook’s data breach case hasn’t been solved completely and another popular online company is facing problems for sharing public data with the government. Cobrapost did a sting operation on India’s most popular digital wallet startup and it has been revealed that Paytm may have leaked the data of its users on the command of the PM Narendra Modi’s Office. Below is the video shared by Cobrapost on YouTube:
This has created buzz on the internet and users have started uninstalling Patym app from their mobiles. A lot of people have already deleted their account and the #DeletePaytm hashtag is trending on social media networks. Here are some tweets which will give you an idea about the situation.
Instructions for deleting Paytm account
How to delete your @PayTM account#DeletePayTM #UninstallPaytm
1. Go to 24×7 help section
2. Select "My Account"
3. Click on unable to access my account – Mobile phone lost
4. Write in the message window "Phone lost, unauthorized activity likely, block my account" pic.twitter.com/muT7ekMd8g
— Ajay (@SoinAjay) May 25, 2018
Users’ data is not their property
— curiosity (@shahmaar) May 25, 2018
Paytm lost the trust that India had put in it.
Paytm lost the trust that india had put in it. Imagine all those personal details we shared, gave access to other data in phone..Is circulated for political mileage! Disgusted. #UninstallPayTM #DeletePayTM
— The Black Sky (@theBlackkSky) May 26, 2018
I am not going to compromise.
— dibyendu pathak (@pathak_dibyendu) May 26, 2018
Paytm has denied this and has even demanded Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to help in solving this issue and take strict action against the company. Some believe that it is another dreadful case showing the cons of using Aadhaar.
Paytm’s founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma had called Facebook the most evil company in the world when it was proved that Facebook had shared the data in Cambridge Analytica case and now his own company is facing a similar situation. We don’t really about the truth right now but Paytm is surely facing a big problem.
— Shivam Vij (@DilliDurAst) May 26, 2018
While many users are complaining about this, there are some who are suggesting about implementing a proper law similar to GDPR for India in which users will get complete control over their data and they can accuse anyone of misusing their information. But this doesn’t seem to be happening right now as government itself is involved in Paytm’s case.