UC browser Ban inwards Bharat due to user information theft in addition to it's removed from PlayStore
Google has pulled downward UC Browser, the Alibaba Group-owned mobile spider web browser, from its Play Store amidst alleged unethical information sharing past times the Chinese app.
UC Browser claimed to accept over 100 i M k monthly active users inwards Bharat equally per a study final twelvemonth piece globally, its user base of operations is nearly 420 million.
Reports began to seem early Wed over the precipitous removal.
Users on technology scientific discipline forum Reddit said the displace may accept been prompted because UC Browser would serve upward ads from its affiliate entities to growth downloads, inwards violation of Google’s policies.
Mike Ross, who claimed to run at UC Browser
tweeted: “I run for UC Browser, I got postal service today morn it said that UC Browser was temporarily removed from play shop for xxx days because it used “Misleading” in addition to “Unhealthy” methods of advertisement to growth installs.”
“We were informed past times Google Play nearly temporary removal of UC Browser from the Play Store for vii days, offset xiii Nov 2017, nether the argue that a certainly setting of UC Browser is non inwards draw amongst Google’s policy.
We accept conducted an urgent internal investigation in addition to fixed the problem. The novel version has been uploaded on Google Play’s Developer Console in addition to is awaiting evaluation. We volition actively cooperate amongst Google Play for whatever occupation organisation caused past times this unintentional error,” a UC Browser spokesperson said inwards an electronic mail inwards reply to Mint’s queries.
The allegations against UC Browser are non new.
Reports surfaced inwards August that India’s IT scientific discipline (IT) division was reviewing the app subsequently it received complaints that user information was allegedly beingness sent to Chinese entities, without the consent of the user, in addition to fifty-fifty subsequently the app was uninstalled.
The Times of Bharat reported then, citing an IT division official, that UC Browser may confront a ban inwards Bharat if the allegations were institute to last true.
To last sure, UC Browser is withal listed on the Apple’s app shop in addition to UC Browser Mini, a toned downward version of the master copy browser, is available on Google Play Store.
UC Browser is the app of UC Web Inc., a purpose of Alibaba’s Mobile Business Group, which includes products similar UC Ads in addition to UC News.
The browser, which of late hitting 500 i M k downloads globally, is fairly pop inwards India, where the companionship claims it has 100 i M k monthly active users.
It had a 45.08% marketplace position portion inwards Bharat inwards October.