Popular Alibaba-owned app UC Browser caught monitoring user browsing data

UC Browser, a popular web browser developed by Alibaba subsidiary UCWeb, was found to be tracking user habits on both iOS and Android, and sending the data back to company servers.

UC BrowserThe behavior was discovered by security researcher Gabi Cirlig, who determined the app logs every website a user visits, as well as IP address information, and sends that data to servers owned by UCWeb, reports Forbes. Information continues to be collected while in incognito mode.UC Browser also assigns identification numbers to users, a tactic that could be used to track online behavior.

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