The Government of India has again struck on Chinese apps as it banned as many as 47 apps. This comes after the decision of the Government’s Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology decision to ban 59 Chinese apps including popular apps like TikTok, UC Browser, CamScanner, and many more. The 47 banned apps were supposed to be clones of the 59 banned apps earlier.
The list of these banned apps hasn’t been released by the ministry yet. But an official announcement stating the names of all these apps can be expected to be released soon.
There are also reports that there are another 250 Apps that the government is investigating for any kind of breach of user data privacy and national security violations. According to reports, these 250 apps also include the highly popular game in the country, PUBG Mobile. PUBG Mobile is a Chinese app from Tencent Games.
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The apps were found stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorised manner to servers which have locations outside India.
he 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 apps engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state, and public order.
– Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology
The ministry has said that the apps were found violating the provisions of Section 69A of the Information Technology Act. And this is the reason behind the ban on these apps.
There were also reports that the government has given a questionnaire with 77 questions to all the 59 banned apps about the security and privacy measures that they follow. If the government finds the answers satisfactory, it may mean the app could be back functional in the country.
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