Truecaller says disappointed by Indian Army's ban on app for personnel

BENGALURU: Caller ID app Truecaller 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.

In the recent development where the Indian Army has asked its personnel to delete 89 apps from their smartphones including Facebook, TikTok, Tinder, PUBG, Instagram and Truecaller to plug leakage of information.

Truecaller spokesperson said it is an app of Swedish origin that considers India it's home.

"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," the company said.

Truecaller said provides service for over 170 million people in India, identifying and blocking hundreds of millions of spam calls and SMS every single day.

Truecaller added inclusion in this list is unfair and unjust because it stores all user data in India, all app features are permission-based & disabled by default, a majority of Truecaller employees globally are Indian and it does not upload phonebooks or sell user data.