Truecaller on Thursday responded to media reports on Home Ministry directing the Armed Forces to delete around 40 Apps made by Chinese developers to avoid a possible cyber attack. The company on Thursday denied any foul play and said, “We are Sweden-based company.”
“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,” said Truecaller.
The company further said in a statement, “Truecaller is not a malware, and all our features are permission based and are disabled by default.”
The company added, “For additional clarity, when you download Truecaller from the app store, Truecaller needs access to certain capabilities to provide you with a richer experience.”
After media reports, the company on its official Twitter handle also tweeted about its origin. “Did you know #Truecaller is made in Sweden?,” wrote the company.
The Home Ministry issued an official communique on November 24 after the Intelligence Directorate General (DTE GEN) raised concern over the usage of Chinese Apps. The intelligence agencies had alerted the MHA regarding usage of Chinese Applications can lead to data breach.
The advisory given to the Indian Armed Force and Central Armed Police Personnel (CAPF) warns of a possible cyber attack through mobile Apps.