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UC Browser app vanishes from Play Store following privacy concerns

UC Browser has been accused of sending user data, including IMEI number and location data, to a China-based server
Hindustan Times
UC Browser app vanishes from Play Store following privacy concerns

Google seems to have taken down the UC Browser application from Play Store, although UC Web’s other offering — the UC Browser Mini is still available for download.

The IT giant took this step shortly after the application came under the Indian government’s scanner for allegedly sending data to remote servers in China. It was said that the application could access user data even after its removal from the phone.

The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing in Hyderabad is investigating the matter.

UC Browser, however, is still available for download on Apple Store.

A popular mobile application in India, UC Browser has been developed by the Alibaba Group-owned UC Web. The browser is known for its data compression features, which allow users to access maximum content without having to worry about mobile data consumption. The browser is the go-to app for low-end Android phones.

Earlier this month, UC Web announced that the mobile browser has crossed 500 million downloads. According to Internet Trends Report 2017 by Kleiner Perkins released in June this year, UC Browser was the sixth-most downloaded application on Play Store in India. UC Web also has 100 million monthly active users from India, Android Authority reports.This is not the first time UC Browser had landed in a soup over user privacy. Back in 2015, Canadian technology research group Citizen Lab reported that the application was providing critical personal information, including location, mobile number and device details, to third-party applications.

Such leaks “represent a privacy risk for users because it allows anyone with access to data traffic to identify users and their devices, and collect their private search data”, Citizen Lab said in its report.

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