A bad news is coming for Indian UC browser users that the browser is they are using from long time is not a safe browser.
This information came up when Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) asked to a research team called Citizen Lab to test out security of UC browser and they did some tests and found this.
- Both versions of the app transmitted PII (Personally Identifiable Information) in plain text or encryption that can easily be broken.
- The Chinese version of the app retains user browsing information even after clearing app cache.
- IMSI (international mobile subscriber identity), IMEI (International Mobile Station Equipment Identity), Android ID and MAC address of user devices were sent openly to an Umeng analytics tool from Alibaba. (Alibaba owns UC Browser).
- The browser delivers this data while in idle state, with the user having to just launch the app on his or her device for this to happen.
later Ministry of Electronics and Information Technologygot complaints againts UC Browser that it sends the mobile data of Indian users to its China-based server.
Then the official said,
“Complaints have been received against UC Browser that it sends mobile data of Indian users to servers in China. The matter is being looked into”
Now if UC Browser’s system will be investigated if it found such systems to doing illegal activities, the UC Browser will face ban from India.
Its quite disappointing for UC Browser users who were using it with trust. However, there is an alternative option for users as Chorm Browser and nearby all android devices have it pre-installed.