Indian Army says TrueCaller is a spyware, should be deleted from phones immediately
Indian Army has issued an advisory for its personnel asking them to delete TrueCaller from their phones immediately. The advisory issued on November 24 notes that TrueCaller is a "spyware" or a "malicious ware" and that it should be immediately deleted from the personal and official phones. The advisor also lists some 40 other apps, mostly from China-based companies, that should not be installed on smartphones by Indian Army personnel and if they are installed, they should be deleted immediately.
The advisory largely focuses on apps made by China-based companies. But TrueCaller stands out in the list, not only because it is not from a Chinese company but also because it is arguably the most popular app in the list of apps that Indian Army deems dangerous.
In a statement to India Today Tech, TrueCaller said that it was studying the Indian Army advisory and denied that it was a malware. "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," a TrueCaller spokesperson said.
The way TrueCaller scoops contacts is probably the reason why TrueCaller is in the list of apps that Indian Army considers too dangerous. Earlier, talking of TrueCaller.