"We took apart Reliance Jio app & found they are using Chinese geolocation mapping service. It shows that Reliance is using a geolocation which is China-based service," said AnonOpsIndia, a twitter account claiming to represent a group of hackers.
"There is no encryption between the person using Jio chat app and Chinese company amap. Hence, it makes it lot easier for the Chinese hackers to snoop over your data," AnonOpsIndia tweeted.
Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJIL), however, termed it "unfounded and malicious allegations against Jio Chat App" and said "'Anonymous' posters often raise false alarms by quoting items such as this out of context."
China does not support Google Maps (or for that matter, any Google applications) and thus, for location based services within China, a Chinese-based mapping service is required, it said.
"This is a common practice for any app wishing to provide location-based services within China. However, when used Globally, Jio Chat (outside of China) always uses Google Maps. (This can be checked by anyone by using Jio Chat Location Sharing function)," RJIL said.
Jio Chat is a mobile application with functions similar to that of WhatsApp, Viber etc.