The UC Browser mobile-friendly version of the web browser seemingly disappeared without a trace earlier today, just weeks after the app topped 500 million downloads on Google’s mobile store.
Reports TOI, UC Browser has a rather nasty habit of stealing sensitive user data which it then sends back to remote servers in China without the user’s consent.
As part of a widespread investigation into data security, Indian government officials expressed concerns that the UC Browser app continues to collect this data after it has been uninstalled
UCWeb has also claimed that Indian users make up 100 million of its total monthly active users from around the world, with the latter figure reportedly reaching 420 million, per reports from 2016.
As a result, its removal is a shocking step, to say the least. It will also lead to a number of key questions, most notably: why was it removed after all this time and after so many downloads?