Printed on Wed Sep 28 2022 6:44:36 PM

India bans 54 more Chinese Apps

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The government of India has ordered to ban 54 apps that have links to China and pose a threat to the country's security, according to people familiar with the development.

The apps that would be banned include Garena Free Fire, Tencent's Xriver, and NetEase's Onmyoji Arena.

So far, the government has blocked nearly 300 apps in the country since border tensions erupted with China in May 2020. Google has informed that it has “temporarily blocked access” to the apps in question from Google Play in the country as a result of the government order.

"These 54 apps allegedly obtain various critical permissions and collects sensitive user data. These collected real-time data are being misused and transmitted to servers located in hostile country," the government said in a statement.

"In addition there are other serious concerns as some of these apps can carry out Espionage and Surveillance activities via camera/ mic, accessing fine location (GPS) and do malicious network activity similar to previously blocked apps.

These apps were allegedly engaged in activities prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of the country also posing a serious threat to Security of the State and defense of India."

Garena's popular battle royale game Free Fire is arguably the most popular app among the fresh batch, with over 184,700 ratings on App Store and over 105,501,450 on Google Play.

Here's the full list of the banned apps:AppLock, APUS Security HD (Pad Version), Astracraft, Badlanders, Barcode Scanner - QR Code Scan, Beauty Camera - Selfie Camera, Beauty Camera: Sweet Selfie HD, CamCard for SalesForce Ent, Conquer Online, Conquer Online - MMORPG Game, CuteU Pro,CuteU: Match With The World, Dual Space - 32Bit Support, Dual Space - 64Bit Support, Dual Space Lite - Multiple Accounts & Clone App, Dual Space Pro - 32Bit Support, Dual Space Pro - Multiple Accounts & App Cloner, DualSpace Lite - 32Bit Support, Equalizer - Bass Booster & Volume EQ & Virtualizer, Equalizer & Bass Booster - Music Volume EQ, Equalizer Pro - Volume Booster & Bass Booster, EVE Echoes, Extraordinary Ones, FancyU - Video Chat & Meetup, FancyU pro - Instant Meetup through Video chat!, FunChat Meet People Around You, Garena Free Fire - Illuminate, Isoland 2: Ashes of Time Lite, Lica Cam - selfie camera app, Live Weather & Radar - Alerts, MoonChat: Enjoy Video Chats, MP3 Cutter - Ringtone Maker & Audio Cutter, Music Player - Equalizer & MP3, Music Player - MP3 Player, Music Player - Music, MP3 Player
Music Plus - MP3 Player, Nice video baidu, Notes - Color Notepad, Notebook
Onmyoji Arena, Onmyoji Chess, Parallel Space Lite 32 Support,RealU Lite -video to live!, RealU: Go Live, Make Friends; Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade,Small World-Enjoy group chat and video chat, Stick Fight: The Game Mobile, Tencent Xriver, Twilight Pioneers, UU Game Booster-network solution for high ping, Video Player Media All Format, Viva Video Editor - Snack Video Maker with Music, Voice Recorder & Voice Changer,Volume Booster - Loud Speaker & Sound Booster, Wink: Connect Now.

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