Swedish tech company True Software Scandinavia AB which runs caller id app called Truecaller has reacted to a ban notification issued by Indian Intelligence agencies.
The intel agencies have listed more than 40 applications that could allegedly aid a cyber attack against the country because they store sensitive data of individuals. The firms have previously issued an advisory caution the army and paramilitary published on border against their usage.
In the response to the alleged ban advisory, Swedish company Truecaller stated this in a statement: “We are not sure why the app is on this list, but we are investigating. Truecaller is not a malware, and all our features are permission-based and are disabled by default.”
Founded in ’09 2009, Truecaller is backed by Sequoia Capital India. It has raised near to USD 91 million.
The intel has listed applications for both Android and iOS platforms, which includes highly popular applications such as Truecaller, SHAREit, news application UC News, UC Browser, WeChat and many others.
Earlier in the week, Chinese company Xiaomi had released a statement on the situation. “At Xiaomi, we take security and privacy very seriously. Our global e-commerce platforms and user data for all international users is located on Amazon AWS data centres in California and Singapore. We are currently investigating the advisory,” Xiaomi said in a statement.
The list also includes factory built-in applications such as Mi Community, Mi Store, Mi Video call, all of these are apps which come included with default Xiaomi phones.
The advisory says, “As per reliable inputs, a number of Android/iOS apps developed by Chinese developers or having Chinese links are reportedly either spyware or other malicious ware. Use of these apps by our force personnel can be detrimental to data security having implications on the force and national security.”
UC Web also responded strongly to the advisory note. “Recent media reports regarding Indian troops uninstalling multiple apps have left us aggrieved and hurt. At UCWeb we take security and privacy practices very seriously and work hard to comply with local regulations of each region we operate in including India. We pride ourselves on having a long-term commitment to India and our millions of Indian users. UC Browser and UC News are neither spyware nor malicious ware as alleged in the reports,” UC Web said in a statement.