The Hush Post: The Indian armed forces and para-military personnel should not have apps like Truecaller, Weibo, WeChat, UC News and Baidu Maps on their android/mobile phones. Due to the threat of cyber attacks looming large, the centre has asked the Army and Paramilitary personnel to uninstall all apps from their mobiles created by the Chinese developers or having any Chinese connection. The directives were given by the Union Home Ministry based on intelligence agencies inputs. The apps that were listed include Truecaller, Weibo, WeChat, UC News, Baidu Maps. The inputs have come from agencies like the RAW and NTRO. “As per reliable inputs, a number of android/IOS apps developed by Chinese developers or having Chinese links are either spyware or other malicious ware. Use of these apps by our force personnel can be detrimental to data security having implications on the forces and national security. Earlier this year, UC Browser had come under the government’s scanner for alleged leak of mobile data of its Indian users. UC Browser is an app of the Chinese firm Alibaba.
The company has ever since denied the allegations and said that it is an industry norm to collect information and data in necessary scenarios to provide users with localised services after taking necessary authorisation from users to collect the required data.
“Our systems are protected by an end-user licensing agreement which protects the interest of our users. We will not do anything to breach the trust of our users,” UC Web had said some time ago.