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Truecaller Throws Privacy For A Toss

Truecaller app which helps people identify calls from unknown numbers, is not safe as it captures metadata of incoming and outgoing calls and messages.The app can lead to identity theft as it shares the information that you may not want to be shared. The installation and use of the policy of the app, developed by a Swedish firm, states that it gathers data which includes the content you view, search terms, websites and everything about your phone. India is reportedly Truecaller’s single largest market. The function called ‘Enhanced Search’ asks permission to “securely send your phonebook contacts to our servers”. Many people save contacts with names with relationships or place of work, India is reportedly Truecaller’s single largest market. The function called ‘Enhanced Search’ asks permission to “securely send your phonebook contacts to our servers”. Many people save contacts with names with relationships or place of work— ‘Krishna Mama’, ‘Abdul chacha’, ‘Rama DC’. Experts advise people against using it as privacy takes a toll on the app, even though it takes permissions. Truecaller requests permission to use the phone microphone and can even tell when a person has picked the phone, locked or unlocked it which is not required for the service it provides. Even if you don’t use the app, it has your information, because your friend has installed it. An official from the Cyber Crime police said, “People think Truecaller is helping them block unwanted calls or in identifying callers. But the app takes all the data including calls and uploads it to its servers. It is a lot more surveillance than necessary.

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