Alibaba Owned UC Browser Disappears From Google’s PlayStore Following Privacy Concerns

UC Browser, the popular web browsing app and a close competitor to Google’s Chrome browser for Android Devices seems to have been pulled down from the Play store. This has been followed by allegations that the browser was sending over user information such as IMEI and location data to China-based servers. The browser’s mini version, UC Browser Mini, however, is still available to download from the Play Store. The application is still available through Apple’s App Store.

UC Browser, owned and developed by the Alibaba Group-owned UC Web, is popular for its data compression capabilities which enables it to load web pages quicker than its competitors. The application is one of the most popular browsers in India. Earlier this month, it was reported that the browser had crossed over 500 million downloads and the sixth most downloaded application in India on the Play store.

The popular browser seems to have been pulled down by Google over standing allegations that the browser had been slithering vital user information. To add to that, it was claimed that the application could access user data even after its successful installation from the device.

The browser has landed in trouble for user data privacy concerns earlier in 2015 as well when a Canadian technology research group by the name of Citizen Lab reported that the application was shipping personal data like location, mobile number and other details to third-party applications.

It is still unknown whether the browser will show up on the Play Store anytime soon. In the meantime, you could use the Mini version of it or opt for one of its alternatives like Google Chrome.

Do you think this is a step in the right direction by Google to pull down UC Browser Down from its Play Store? Do let us know your views in the comments section below.


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