The famous chat app Totok was removed from the Google store as it was claimed that it was being used by the government for spying purposes. The company has informed that all the accusations have now been cleared and the app will available on the Google store soon. The popular UAE-developed mobile application ToTok has cleared all the obstacles on its way and soon it will be found on the Google app store.
Last month, the app was removed from the online market place of Google and Apple stores. The app was removed from the mentioned online app store in view of the recent report of the New York Times that said the app permitted the government to keep records of the conversations, location and other similar details of the people who have the app on their phone.
Totok through a tweet stated that they are happy to inform us that the app will be available for the download on the google and apple app store soon.
On the Google platform, while allowing the app on its platform, Google offered some updates on the app on its platform. the new updates will seek access to the permissions and the data . under this app, a dialogue has been created that will seek authorization to access and syncing the contact list.
While AFP reports that the free video chatting and messaging app was removed from the Google app store platform pending a review, while on the other hand, Google reported that the totok was rolled back from the Google store because it was observed to violate their policies.
The video calling and messaging app got popular in countries like the United Arab Emirates because in this country, the modes of internet calling and apps like Skype has been blocked. The Totok app was developed in 2019 by Breej holding, that reported by the times as the front company that is affiliated by the Dark Matter. DarkMatter is a cyber intelligence and hacking firm based at Abu-Dhabi.
The accusations were denied by UAE’s telecommunications regulatory authority claiming that internet laws of the country forbid any kind of breach in data and an unlawful interception. Patrick Wardle, who is a security researcher stated in the New York Times that the ToTok was seen to be indulged in the mass surveillance operation, which just managed to get into the in-depth insight of the big portion of the country’s population.
As stated by the Wardle, it seemed like the Totok got success in tricking the users of android and iPhone users to allow access to the user’s location and private data from their devices.
He further added that the fake review was promoted on social media.