The curators of the “ToTok” application, which was designed by an Emirati company and previously deleted from download platforms. Against the background of a report that spoke about its use as a means of spying, announced it again on “Google Play Store” (Google Store).
New York Times wrong claiming about “ToTok” App
It accused the UAE intelligence services of direct access to
- Messages and conversations via video.
- Even data related to the geographical location of the phone holder.
- In addition to Access to phone cameras and microphones.
Emirati ToTok returns to Google Store after spying report
The curators of the application announced on its page on “Twitter”
- “We pleased to inform you that Totok is now available for download via Google Play Store.”
- On its platform, “Google” referred to a series of “updates” on the application.
- Especially a more clear mechanism that allows users to allow the application access to their data and phone number lists.
- Totok is still not available on the Apple Store.
Dear ToTok Community,
Your ToTok Team pic.twitter.com/aYFL5iiLIH
— ToTok (@ToTokMessenger) January 4, 2020
ToTok boom in the Middle East
According to the “New York Times”
- The app launched in 2019 and designed by “The Holding Company”,
- Which added that the company is probably “an interface” for the “Dark Matter” of intelligence and electronic piracy based in Abu Dhabi.
- Google had confirmed the removal of the app due to a “problem with the standards”, without giving details.
The Emirates Telecommunications Regulatory Authority
- It has previously denied the accusations pointed out by the American newspaper.
- Pointing out that the applicable regulations prohibit data breaches and illegal eavesdropping.
The UAE new technologies and artificial intelligence
- The UAE is investing extensively in new technologies and artificial intelligence.
- But a number of experts and organizations accuse this country of imposing restrictions on freedom in the range of Internet networks.