Reliance Jio has been all over the news since its very inception mostly due to its outrageously cheap tarrifs. Jio is all the over the news once again, but this time around, it is for an entirely different reason. The very famous hacking group Anonymous which are well-known for taking down thousands of ISIS Twitter accounts and bring into light various other scams have claimed that Reliance Jio apps are quietly sending the user call data to foreign countries.
Anonymous India (@redteamin) has claimed that the My Jio and Jio Dialer apps are sending encrypted data containing the call information of the users to foreign companies in the US and Singapore. According to Anonymous India, these information are being sent to an ad network called Mad-Me. Since the data which is being sent is encrypted hence the chances of interception are very low.
Anonymous India has even given a step-by-step guide through which one can verify this. It has even posted a screenshot showing this alleged transfer.
Anonymous said, “From the above it is clear that Jio app is using third party SDK and not verifying what data the SDK is collecting and where it is sending. This violates the [sic] user privacy.”
However, Jio Infocomm (RJIL) has refuted all these allegations and has issued a statement saying,
“Jio takes its customers security and privacy very seriously. In keeping with its highest standards of governance, Jio does not share its customers’ data with any other entity. Any information captured by Jio is only for internal analysis to deliver better quality of service and recommend offerings from Jio’s product portfolio.”
This is not the first time that Anonymous has made such allegations against Jio. A few months back, it had accused Jio Chat App of sending unencrypted data from its servers located in China. RJIL had refused those allegations as well. You can read in more detail about these claims of Anonymous India here.