Chinese software developer Cheetah Mobile has denied allegations that it eavesdropped on users' phone calls via a mobile browser, just days after being accused of ad fraud. CM Browser does not and cannot listen in on calls, the Beijing-based firm said.
When installed, the app asks the user for permission to monitor mobile messages and outgoing calls. Shanghai Consumer Council accused Cheetah's CM Browser of not taking seriously the risks involved in obtaining consent for an app to carry out unnecessary actions.
Cheetah began upgrading its apps in the middle of November but will not finish until early January because of issues like adapting to different handsets, the firm added. Once the upgrade is complete, the app will no longer ask to listen in on calls, it said.
Source: Yicai Global