In a recent development, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) has asked the has asked the Indian army troops to delete some Chinese apps from their smartphones. According to the reports Army posted at the international border along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) facing China have received the instructions from higher authorities.
The reports suggest that Authorities warned the soldiers that China might Snoop the activities of the army using these apps. 42 mobile applications Including popular apps like UC Browser, WeChat, Truecaller, ShareIT, and format their smartphones with immediate effect smartphones due to data security implications.
“Use of these apps by our personnel can be detrimental to…national security,” a report said citing sources.
According to sources “The personnel are expected to maintain the security of their phones, whether official or personal, as well as computers. Such alerts and advisories, especially about Chinese-origin mobile apps as well as electronic devices, are issued from time to time”
This move comes after the recent stand-off between Indian and Chinese Troops along the border in Doklam. After the Dokalam standoff situations at the international border are peaceful now. Recently India and China had conducted a meeting on the border consultation and coordination mechanism. Officials from both the countries have reviewed the present situation in all the sectors. They also exchanged views on enhancing CBMs and military contacts.
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