Reliance jio is the talk of the town since the day it was first introduced by the company for consumers in India. Whether it's the dirt cheap 4G data plans, free voice calling or the upcoming affordable broadband plans, the company has managed to be on the top slot of news bulletins around the globe.
It has caused huge trouble to other telecom operators and has forced them to offer affordable 4G data/ voice calling to match the competition.
At the same time, Reliance jio has also been criticized for poor network connectivity, call drops and unavailability of Jio SIM cards to match the demands of Indian population.
But all above mentioned things seem quite insignificant in comparison to what we are going to tell you now.
Your privacy might be at risk
As per Anonymous- the popular hacktivist group, Reliance Jio could be making money by selling user call data to targeted ad networks in the US and Singapore without informing users. This might trigger a sea of unwanted mails, messages and calls from unknown overseas companies to promote their product.
Apps that are leaking the information
As per the group's findings, the Jio apps, including My Jio and Jio Dialer, are sending user information to an ad network called Mad-Me. This means your contact list, messages and other personal information might be at risk.
Not the first time
This is not the first time Anonymous has raise questions on Reliance's services. Last year, the hackers group claimed that RJio chat app Jio chat was sending user data to a Chinese IP, without user's consent.
The group also claimed that the information is being sent without encryption, which means anyone could look into your conversation and other personal details.
However, Anonymous has said that this time thee Jio app is relatively more secure as the data sent across to these overseas companies is encrypted.
What Reliance has to say
A Reliance Jio Infocomm spokesperson has come to rescue and has responded to the allegations made by the hacker group by 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."
Find it yourself
The hackers group has also shared a detailed step by step guide explaining how anyone could test what data their Jio network is sharing with international servers.
Their blog says, "In this post we will expose how the Reliance Jio is sharing all your call data with foreign company and share with you the steps to test it your self-explaining".
We haven't yet tested it ourselves, but would recommend our readers to stay a bit alert while installing and using Reliance Jio applications.