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Business News/ News / India/  Hello! Modi ji…: Rahul Gandhi claims his ‘phone is being tapped’

Hello! Modi ji…: Rahul Gandhi claims his ‘phone is being tapped’

Rahul Gandhi, while interacting with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, emphasised the need for appropriate regulations on data safety and security, saying data is the new gold and countries like India need to realise its potential.

Congress Party leader Rahul Gandhi interacts with the Indian diaspora in San Francisco, California on Wednesday (ANI)Premium
Congress Party leader Rahul Gandhi interacts with the Indian diaspora in San Francisco, California on Wednesday (ANI)

Data is the new gold and countries like India have realized the real potential of it, senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said on Wednesday while interacting with Silicon Valley-based startup entrepreneurs. He further emphasised, "There is need to have appropriate regulations on data safety and security".

Gandhi, who is currently on a 10-day US trip, spent major part of his day at the Plug and Play auditorium engrossed in the panel discussion of experts on various aspects of artificial intelligence, big data, machine learning and their implications on mankind in general and on issues like governance, social welfare measures and also disinformation and misinformation.

Based out of Sunnyvale in California, the Plug and Play Tech Centre is one of the largest incubator of startups. 

At one point in time, he said he knows his phone is being tapped. And jokingly said, "Hello! Mr Modi" on his iPhone.

"I presume my iPhone is being tapped. You need establish rules with regard to privacy of data information as a nation and also as an individual," he said.

"If a nation state decides that they want to tap your phone, no one can stop you. This is my sense," he said. "If the nation is interested in tapping phone, then this is not a battle worth fighting. I think whatever I do and work, is available to the government," he claimed.

Gandhi also tried to understand how these technologies can reach the common man in the remote villages of India.

"If you want to spread any technology in India, you have to have a system where power is relatively decentralized," he said in response to a question and also shared his personal experience of drone technology and its regulation, which, according to him, "faced massive bureaucratic hurdles".

Rahul Gandhi's US tour schedule

Rahul Gandhi is on a 10-day visit to the United States. He is set to cover three cities-- San Francisco, Washington DC, and New York during the tour.

His first stop was San Francisco, where he held a talk at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, interacted with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. 

During Rahul Gandhi's visit to Washington DC from June 1-2, he will address the National Press Club, focusing on topics such as the future of Indian democracy, freedom of speech, and sustainable and inclusive economic growth. He has also planned meetings with lawmakers and think tanks to engage in discussions and exchange ideas. Furthermore, he will attend a dinner hosted by Indian-American entrepreneur Frank Islam, alongside top business leaders, Senators, and Congressmen.

In New York on June 3-4, Rahul Gandhi will engage with thinkers at the Harvard Club, attend a lunch event, meet accomplished Indian-Americans in the creative industry, and address a public gathering at the Javits Center.


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Updated: 01 Jun 2023, 09:47 AM IST
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