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Govt notify these 42 apps as spyware: Truecaller, SHAREit respond


Soon after Indian government issued a list of apps that can be used as a cyber attack against India, ShareIt and Truecaller have responded and asserted that they respect the privacy of users.

China-based content sharing platform SHAREit stated that it adhered to high-security standards.

“At SHAREit we strictly adhere to high-security standards and respect our users’ privacy. SHAREit is a user-friendly content sharing platform and not a malicious or a spyware application as alleged in the reports,” the company said in a statement.

“We do not compromise on user’s security and their privacy is of utmost importance to us. We have a huge user base in India and we are committed to providing better products and service to our users with continuous technological developments,” it added.

Truecaller clarification

TrueCaller said that they are not malware and puzzled by there name is on the list. “In response to certain reports, we would like to clarify that we are a Sweden based company,” the app developer said. “We are not sure why the app is on this list, but we’re investigating. Truecaller is not a malware, and all our features are permission-based and are disabled by default.”

Last week, Indian intelligence agencies listed more than 40 applications that could allegedly aid a cyber attack against the nation as they store sensitive data of people. The agencies have already issued an advisory warning to the army and paramilitary posted on border against their usage.

“At Tencent, user privacy and data protection are our top priorities. Our products are not spyware and we do not condone or adopt the use of spyware in our products. We take these allegations seriously and will be taking steps to clarify any misunderstanding.  We continually review our products to ensure we deliver products that meet a high standard of user experience and information security,” said Tencent to Entrackr in an email statement.

The list has apps for both Android and iOS platforms.

1. Weibo, 2. WeChat, 3. SHAREit, 4. Truecaller, 5. UC News, 6. UC Browser, 7. BeautyPlus, 8. NewsDog, 9. VivaVideo- QU Video Inc, 10. Parallel Space, 11. APUS Browser, 12. Perfect Corp, 13. Virus Cleaner (Hi Security Lab), 14. CM Browser, 15. Mi Community, 16. DU recorder, 17. Vault-Hide, 18. YouCam Makeup, 19. Mi Store, 20. CacheClear DU apps studio, 21. DU Battery Saver, 22. DU Cleaner, 23. DU Privacy, 24. 360 Security, 25. DU Browser, 26. Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile, 27. Baidu Translate, 28. Baidu Map, 29. Wonder Camera, 30. ES File Explorer 31. Photo Wonder, 32. QQ International, 33. QQ Music, 34. QQ Mail, 35. QQ Player, 36. QQ NewsFeed, 37. WeSync, 38. QQ Security Centre, 39. SelfieCity, 40. Mail Master, 41. Mi Video call-Xiaomi, 42. QQ Launcher

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