Printed on Mon Jul 04 2022 4:04:32 AM

India permanently bans 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok

Staff Correspondent
India has permanently banned a total of 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok and WeChat. The apps were temporarily banned by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology in June. Recently they have been banned forever.

According to the the local newspaper of India, the Indian government has given an opportunity to the makers of China's banned apps to explain their position. Developers are asked how those apps receive information from users and how this information is used. But the Indian government was not satisfied with the response given by the institutions. So the apps have been banned permanently.

Last year, India banned a total of 26 apps. Among them was the popular smartphone game Pubji. Last November, the makers of Pubji announced that they would bring a special kind of game for India. But later it was known that the Indian government did not allow them.

Earlier, in September last year, the Indian government said in a statement that Chinese apps were banned under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act. The reason given is that India's sovereignty, security and administration are at stake through the apps.

According to the Ministry of Information and Culture of India, various sources have revealed that there are several mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms that steal customer's personal information. And smuggles that information abroad illegally. That information reaches any hostile power towards India. This threatens to undermine India's sovereignty and security. The matter is very worrying. That is why immediate action was needed against data theft.

Last June, the Indian government banned 59 Chinese apps, calling them detrimental to India's sovereignty, integrity and national security. Apps included TikTok, Hello, WeChat, UC Browser, UC News, Cam Scanner, Clash of Kings, Club Factory, Bigo Live and more. The government banned the apps under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act and the relevant provisions of the 2009 Information Technology Rules.

On September 2 last year, the Indian government banned 118 more apps. Then in November, 43 more Chinese mobile apps were banned in India. Following the Indian government's move, Alibaba-owned UC Browser closed its India office.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for TikTok said that they were reviewing the recent steps taken by the Indian government and would make appropriate statements to the Indian government.

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