Witnessing the escalated geo-political tensions between India and China lately, the Indian government is taking strict actions towards the issue by announcing a ban on 59 Chinese apps, including popular apps such as TikTok, Shein, UC Browser and more. It’s not a surprise since we have been there is a lot of tensions and after 20 Indian soldiers were martyred at the Galwan border the situation became critical.
The ministry said that the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, Ministry of Home Affairs has also sent an exhaustive recommendation for blocking these malicious apps. The list of all the 59 banned applications are as follows:
TikTok | Shareit | Kwai | UC Browser | Baidu map | Shein | Clash of Kings | DU battery saver | Helo | Likee | YouCam makeup | Mi Community | CM Browers | Virus Cleaner | APUS Browser | ROMWE | Club Factory | Newsdog | Beauty Plus | WeChat | UC News | QQ Mail | Weibo | Xender | QQ Music | QQ Newsfeed | Bigo Live | SelfieCity | Mail Master | Parallel Space | Mi Video Call – Xiaomi | WeSync | ES File Explorer | Viva Video – QU Video Inc | Meitu | Vigo Video | New Video Status | DU Recorder | Vault- Hide | Cache Cleaner | DU App studio | DU Cleaner | DU Browser | Hago Play With New Friends | Cam Scanner | Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile | Wonder Camera | Photo Wonder | QQ Player | We Meet | Sweet Selfie | Baidu Translate | Vmate | QQ International | QQ Security Center | QQ Launcher | U Video | V fly Status Video | Mobile Legends | DU Privacy.
Invoking it’s power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 and in view of the emergent nature of threats has decided to block 59 apps since in view of the information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order."
The Ministry said that it has received several complaints from various sources including many reports about the misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India. "The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures," the ministry further stated in a statement.
"The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) has also received many representations from citizens regarding the security of data and breach of privacy impacting upon public order issues. Likewise, there have been similar bipartisan concerns, flagged by various public representatives, both outside and inside the Parliament of India. There has been a strong chorus in the public space to take strict action against Apps that harm India’s sovereignty as well as the privacy of our citizens," the ministry expressed concern.