TikTok Banned: Government strike 59 Chinese Apps Amidst the India-China Tension
Amidst of the growing tension between India and China relations. On 29th June 2020 The Ministry of Information Technology, banned 59 mobile apps, saying they are engaged in activities which are “prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.
The press release further said that the Ministry of Information Technology has received “many representations raising concerns from citizens regarding security of data and risk to privacy relating to operation of certain apps”.
“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 said in a statement.
Among the apps, Tik Tok, Club Factory, Xiaomi, Cam Scanner, UC Browser are expected to be the worst-hit because of high user volume.
Full list of apps banned
7.Clash of Kings
8.DU battery saver
31.Mi Video Call – Xiaomi
33.ES File Explorer
34.Viva Video – QU Video Inc
37.New Video Status
40.Cache Cleaner DU App studio
43.Hago Play With New Friends
45.Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile
54.QQ Security Center
57.V fly Status Video
This is the first time that government has imposed such a ban on the Apps from the china. In its earlier advisory it has suggested not to use the apps which have servers in China. As it involves high risk of passing all the secure information of the users via apps to the Chinese servers. This decision came during the growing tension across the borders. Now it is to see what will be the impact of this ban in the digital world as these apps have gained huge base of users in India.
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