Alibaba owned UC Browser is under the scanner of the Indian government regarding the information leak of its users in India. Now, UC Browser is under the investigation over the issue raised by the users. If the browser found guilty, UC Browser could be banned in the country.
UC Browser is developed by the Chinese mobile internet company UCWeb and is owned by Alibaba Group of China. Alibaba invested in Indian companies like PayTm and Snapdeal as well. UC Browser has over 100 million active users in India and globally, the user based reached to 420 million users.
An official from Ministry of Electronics and IT said, “We received many complaints against UC Browser that data of its users in India is being leaked to servers in China. There are complaints that even if a user has uninstalled it or cleaned browsing data, the browser retains control of DNS of user’s device. He also added that the matter is being looked”.
The issue is first observed through discovery by the University of Toronto. Now the investigation is done the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Hyderabad. The C-DAC is conducting a technical investigation in to the accusation made in the report by Toronto University. The report claimed, “Several major privacy and security susceptibilities that would seriously expose users of UC Browser to surveillance and other privacy violations.”
In response, a spokesperson from UC Browser said it is a common practice by IT companies to provide servers all over the world to provide better services to the users. He also added, “At UCWeb we take security and privacy of users very seriously, and we will not do anything that breaks the trust of the user.”
UCWeb stated, “Our systems are protected by an end-user licensing agreement which protects the interest of our users.”
According to the State-Counter report published in June 2017, UC Browser stands in the second place after Google Chrome used by Indians and with 48.66% market share it leads mobile phone segment.