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A report published this week by the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto says the Windows and Android versions of Tencent’s (TCEHY) popular QQ Browser hoover up and then transmit personal data with little or no encryption.That follows two previous reports by the group that identified similar problems in widely used browsers belonging to Chinese tech giants Alibaba (BABA, Tech30) and Baidu (BIDU, Tech30).”Web browsers are trusted to carefully handle sensitive information inputted by users and securely transmit it to Web servers,” the Citizen Lab said. “However, QQ Browser and the other browsers studied violate this standard of trust by not only collecting sensitive user data themselves, but then also insecurely transmitting it.”The issues put users at risk of surveillance from third parties, including governments, according to the report.The vulnerable information can include location data, search queries, websites visited and ID numbers tied to users’ devices.

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