The Indian Army has directed soldiers and officers to delete Truecaller from their phones in order to avoid any threat to their privacy. Not just Truecaller, the Indian Army has asked its personnel to stay away from 88 other apps which includes big names Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and PUBG Mobile. The list includes 59 apps of Chinese origin that were recently banned by the government.
Meanwhile, Truecaller has expressed their displeasure with this move by the Indian Army. In an official statement it said, “It is disappointing and saddening to learn that Truecaller is among the list of 89 apps being banned by the Indian Armed Forces for their personnel. Truecaller is an app of Swedish origin that considers India it’s home. We also have immense respect for the Armed Forces and we stand in solidarity with them and the Indian government.”
In order to assure citizens that it is safe to use Truecaller, the company said, “We would like to reiterate that Truecaller remains safe to use, both for our citizens and for our esteemed armed forces personnel. We see no reason for Truecaller to be on this list and will investigate the matter further.Truecaller provides a vital service for over 170 million people in India, identifying and blocking hundreds of millions of spam calls and SMS every single day.”
It further claimed that Truecaller stores all user data in India and all app features are permission-based & disabled by default. “A majority of Truecaller employees globally are Indian. Truecaller does not upload phone books or sell user data,” it added.
The new directive on mobile phone usage prohibits soldiers and officers from using any dating app like Tinder, TrulyMadly, Hinge and others. The Indian Army has banned all 15 dating apps to reduce risks of honey trapping.