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Alibaba's UC Browser found leaking users' data

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    A mobile browser owned by China's Alibaba Group contained privacy risks that could have exposed users' personal data, according to a security group.

    The flaws were found in UC Browser, a third-party app that's been expanding in popularity across the globe, and has over 100 million daily active users. Last year, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group acquired UC Browser's parent company.

    The Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs investigated the mobile browser, and found that it was sending user data unencrypted, or with not enough encryption. This included transmitting phone numbers and device serial numbers, in addition to user search queries and geolocation data.

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