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UC Browser app vanishes from Play Store following privacy concerns

UC Browser app vanishes from Play Store following privacy concerns

UC Browser is widely popular in India and it is considered as a popular alternative to Google Chrome. The browser is owned by Chinese internet giant Alibaba.

The popular browser seems to have been pulled down by Google over standing allegations that the browser had been slithering vital user information.

The browser, however, so far is still available for download on Apple's App Store. The browser has a userbase of 420 million globally - racking up 500 million downloads on the Play Store last month - with over 100 million coming from India.

There have been no announcements done on the subject either from Google or UC Web. UC Browser has a year ago claimed that it has over 100 million monthly active users in India and Indonesia. However, a report in Hindustan Times claims that Google took the step shortly after the UC Browser app came under the Indian government's scanner for allegedly sending data to remote servers in China. Also a Twitter user named Mike Ross, who works with UC Browser posted a tweet explaining the app was taken down for a similar reason. The reason appears to be misleading campaigns UC Browser was running.

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He wrote, "I work for UC Browser, I got mail today morning it said that UC Browser was temporarily removed from play store for 30 days because it used "Misleading" and "Unhealthy" methods of promotion to increase installs". In the meantime, it's worth noting that the UC Browser Mini, an alternative app built for less powerful devices, is still live on the Play Store. The application is one of the most popular browsers in India.

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.

There's certainly more to this story and we'll be keeping an eye out for any official word on the matter.

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