Ramesh Chennithala. (Photo: Twitter/@chennithala). Image Source: IANS News

May 22 : Thiruvananthapuram: Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala on Friday ripped into the CPI(M)-led LDF government over the Sprinklr issue.

He said that the state government had taken a U-turn on several issues in connection with the deal with Sprinklr, a US-based firm, to collect and analyse data related to covid-19 patients in the state.

The affidavit filed by the state government before the Kerala high court in response to petitions challenging the state’s agreement with Sprinklr vindicated the allegations raised by the opposition, Chennithala said.

If the opposition had not joined issue with the state government allowing Sprinklr to collect personal data of covid patients, the American company would have made off with data worth crores of rupees, the opposition leader alleged.

The state government’s volte face on several issues in connection with the Sprinklr issue before the high court was akin to an accused getting rid of the mainour, he quipped.

The LDF government had in affidavit on Thursday assured the high court that no data of covid-19 patients and those under monitoring would be shared with Sprinklr.

The affidavit stated that the data collected would be stored on the cloud storage owned by C-DIT in Amazon web services. Sprinklr had been instructed to delete all residual data, if any, in its possession, the affidavit added.

The state government had further assured the high court that Sprinklr had no access to any covid-related data and that the company’s remit did not extend beyond upgrading the application required for collating data.

The government also guaranteed that data would be anonymised before sharing with a third party if the need arose.

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