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The CallerID app is pretty successful in India and several other markets where millions are using it to prevent spam calls. Unfortunately, those who are still using a Windows Phone handset won’t be able to take advantage of all the features Truecaller usually has to offer. Going forward, Windows Phone users will have to look up numbers on Truecaller’s website rather than on their phones. In the meantime, the Android version of Truecaller received a small update that adds a brand new block section, which should allow users to manage their block list much easier. In addition, the update fixes an issue that caused mark SMS as read to not work at times.
Dear Indians, have mercy on others and STOP using Truecaller
But in doing so it actually makes spamming people easier, even if you may not realise it. September 22, But it is also useful, particularly in a country like India where no one gives a damn about anyone’s privacy and personal numbers of people can be leaked from sources as innocuous as your mail delivery guy, who requires that you put in your phone number in a form before he gives you that latest Rs 50 discount voucher from your bank.
No one here has a sense of privacy. And hence widespread spamming. So Truecaller attempts to stop people from spamming you. Stopping spam calls is not really the core functionality of Truecaller. Not anymore. Finding someone’s number, someone who might not be an acquaintance, and then cold calling him or her has become a more important functionality of the app.
And that is a big problem, my fellow Indian smartphone users. Also Read: Want some privacy? Go invisible on WhatsApp Indians love Truecaller. There are more than million smartphone users in India who have Truecaller installed on their phones. This is almost half of the total user base that the app has in the world.
In a land far away from our headquarters in Sweden, but close to our hearts, India alone has now surpassed million Truecaller users.
A lot of people have commented saying that the app doesn’t leak the numbers out in public. May be not in the proper “leak” sense. But it does put them up their in the Truecaller database for some degree of public use without seeking any permission from the people whose numbers it has. If you have a number, you can easily find out the name and address at least city specific of the person who uses that number from the Truecaller search.
And if you have a name, even then you can search the database and get some details of that user, along with option to seek full number from the user. But the interesting bit is that the users, who is in the database of Truecaller, is not there because he or she wanted to be a part of it.
These people are there because they trusted their inconsiderate friends with their numbers. That number was supposed to be for their eyes only but now it is up there in the Truecaller database, which by the way can be — and has been — hacked. The problem with Truecaller is that it leaks phone numbers, brings them into public. It has become a phone directory for the 21st century But India as a DNA of Truecaller might be great for the Swedish company but it is bad for Indians.
It has become a phone directory for the 21st century. But unlike the directories of the last century this one contains details of cell phone numbers, which are more personal and pervasive compared to landline numbers.
If I am so hung up on the privacy part of Truecaller, maybe I should not use it. Problem solved? I don’t use Truecaller, yet my number is out there in its database because someone, somewhere who has my number uses it. Given the fact that over million people in India are using Truecaller, chances are that almost all the cellphone numbers are up there in the database of Truecaller. It doesn’t matter how privacy-minded you are. With Truecaller installed on phones you are at the mercy of someone, somewhere who has your number.
The problem is with the default behaviour of Truecaller. It has built in some privacy checks — you can delist your number, if you find it in the Truecaller database — but these steps are after thoughts.
By design, by default, Truecaller is a pervasive app. Its business model is all about collecting numbers. And it does so zealously. When you install the app, it takes a look at your whole contact book and siphon off that data — numbers and names included — to its servers. For my number to appear in Truecaller database, I don’t have install the app. If my friend, who has my number, has done it, Truecaller will get my details too.
Here is how Truecaller, explains its stance on data collection in its privacy policies: When you install and use the Truecaller Apps, Truecaller will collect, process and retain personal information from You and any devices You may use in Your interaction with our Services.
This information may include the following: This privacy problem with Truecaller is not unique to it. Almost all major apps — Facebook, Gmail, Google search — love collecting as much data about as many people as possible, and this includes a lot of your contact data. These apps then use this data ensure you get the “right”advertisements.
But then don’t put out that information in public, the way Truecaller does for phone numbers. Given the fact that over million people in India are using Truecaller, chances are that almost all cellphone numbers from India are up there in the database of Truecaller In India, we are somehow, in some way, tuned to look after our comfort, even at the cost of others or at the cost of minor inconveniences. Spam calls is a big problem here in the country and hence we reach out to apps like Truecaller.
They give us some respite from the “unknown numbers”. But it has a cost that not only you pay, but also your friends who are there in your phone’s contact book.
For the sake of their privacy, please stop using Truecaller or at least tell your friends that you are sharing their phone numbers with a company based in Sweden, a company that will put those phone numbers in a searchable database.
May 22, , Data from caller identity app Truecaller , including names , phone numbers and email addresses of users worldwide, is available for sale on private internet fora, according to a cybersecurity analyst who monitors such transactions. The app, which also offers payment services through the Unified Payments Interface UPI to its Indian users, denied any breach of its database. However, the company said it has found instances of unauthorised copying of data — termed scraping — by its own users.
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Updated: May 22, , PM IST BENGALURU: Data from caller identity app Truecaller, including names, phone numbers and email addresses of users. 6 days ago Have you often got spammed or unidentified calls? Want to block them? There is a way to do that with Truecaller latest APK (). data of incoming and outgoing calls and messages; version of the Services . ACCESSING AND UPDATING PERSONAL INFORMATION.