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This iPhone, Android browser harvests user data even in incognito mode

One of the world’s leading web browsers harvests users’ locations, browsing history and identification data from iOS and Android devices and sends it to Chinese servers even when in incognito mode, security researchers say.

The UC browser, made and marketed by UCWeb, a subsidiary of the Chinese internet giant Alibaba, “is exfiltrating user browsing and search history from its products distributed on mobile devices around the world even when the browser is used in incognito mode,” wrote London-based researcher Gabi Cirlig in a blog post yesterday (June 1). “This behavior is consistent on both Android and iOS devices.”

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