Government of India is sending notice to Alibaba since it is alleged that the company which owns the mobile browser brand UC Browser is capable of sending user details and location to a remote server. The brand enjoys a 50% market in the mobile browser segment. This is seem to be another smart way of infiltrating into India which is been in loggerheads with the Chinese on the border areas.
UC Browser sends user and device identifiers such as IMSI (international mobile subscriber identity) and IMEI (international mobile equipment identity) numbers and location data to a remote server based in China, a source said.
When the device is connected to the internet using Wi-Fi, details – including the phone’s and access point’s network information – are sent to the remote server, as per the details available with the sources.
The move by the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) has come which is better late than never and the notices were sent to Reliance Lyf, Meizu, Videocon and few other smartphone manufacturers with majority of them are Chinese brands.
India is aiming to strengthen and secure its cyberspace and digital infrastructure. In 2016-17, against a demand of $86.4 billion for electronics goods, the country imported $42.8 billion worth of goods, primarily from China. The Government has set August 28 as the deadline for submitting detailed responses on the safety and security practices, architecture, guidelines or standards followed and implemented in the products and services made for the country and has also warned of strict consequences for those wh do not follow the rules and report accordingly.