SHAREit denies it is malware or spyware app


New Delhi, Dec 4: Leading social content sharing app SHAREit on Monday said they are a user-friendly platform and not a malicious or a spyware application in India.

Reacting strongly to reports that the Indian security establishment asked army personnel to uninstall  around 40 Chinese mobile apps, including SHAREit, the company stated it does not compromise on users’ security.

“At SHAREit, we strictly adhere to high security standards and respect our users privacy. 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,” the company asserted in a statement.

Last week, reports alleged that foreign intelligence agencies including from China and Pakistan were using these mobile apps to hack mobile phones, news agency IANS reported.

“We have taken this issue seriously and are investigating the advisory. We are also happy to interact with government and media representatives to give more clarity. As per industry standards, we have also partnered with Amazon AWS [Amazon Web Services] as our infrastructure service provider, aiming to provide fast and secure service to our global users,” SHAREit further added.

As per the reports, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) in a notification dated  November 24, asked army personnel to remove apps such as WeChat, Truecaller, Xiaomi, Weibo, UC Browser and UC News from their smartphones or reformat their devices altogether.

Recently, communication app Truecaller also dismissed any foul play on its part.

“In response to certain reports, we would like to clarify that we are a Sweden-based company. 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,” the company said in a statement.

Xiaomi has also denied these reports, citing that they take security and privacy very seriously and were presently probing the advisory.

Wefornews Bureau 

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