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Government bans 59 Chinese apps to safeguard the sovereignty and integrity of India: TikTok Shareit and other mobile apps also banned

TikTok has been removed from the Android as well as iOS platforms

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The Indian government has banned 59 Chinese apps in India over “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order” concerns. TikTok has the largest number of users in India and after the ban, TikTok has now been removed from the Google Play Store. In India, the app has 611 million downloads which is approximately 30 percent of the total downloads as per a report.

On Tuesday the Central Government passed an order banning 59 Chinese liked apps in the country. The government has banned these apps on its concerns over India’s sovereignty, integrity, security and public order. In its statement the government said, “ The Ministry of Information Technology, invoking its 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 ( see Appendix) since in view of the information available they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order.”

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Stating that these apps have been violating the privacy of the users and even sharing the data with the Chinese government. In view of this, the government has asked both Apple as well as Google to remove all the 59 apps from their respective Apps Store and Play Store and have asked ISPs and telecom companies to support them carrying out the ban.

While banning these Chinese apps the Government in its explanation said, “The Ministry of Information Technology has received many complaints from various sources including several 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.

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The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre has also sent an exhaustive recommendation for blocking these malicious apps. According to the Indian government, this department of the Ministry of Home Affairs has received representations raising concerns from citizens regarding the security of data and risk to privacy relating to operation of certain apps. 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.

On the basis of these complaints, the Government of India has decided to disallow the usage of certain Apps, used in both mobile and non-mobile Internet-enabled devices. The Government also ensures that this move has been taken in order to safeguard the interests of the citizens of the country who have been using these apps and unknowingly their data is being shared outside the country hence raising grave concerns over their privacy as well as security. We have listed down the 59 apps which have been banned in the country:

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  1. TikTok
  2. Shareit
  3. Kwai
  4. UC Browser
  5. Baidu map
  6. Shein
  7. Clash of Kings
  8. DU battery saver
  9. Helo
  10. Likee
  11. YouCam makeup
  12. Mi Community
  13. CM Browers
  14. Virus Cleaner
  15. APUS Browser
  16. ROMWE
  17. Club Factory
  18. Newsdog
  19. Beutry Plus
  20. WeChat
  21. UC News
  22. QQ Mail
  23. Weibo
  24. Xender
  25. QQ Music
  26. QQ Newsfeed
  27. Bigo Live
  28. SelfieCity
  29. Mail Master
  30. Parallel Space
  31. Mi Video Call – Xiaomi
  32. WeSync
  33. ES File Explorer
  34. Viva Video – QU Video Inc
  35. Meitu
  36. Vigo Video
  37. New Video Status
  38. DU Recorder
  39. Vault- Hide
  40. Cache Cleaner DU App studio
  41. DU Cleaner
  42. DU Browser
  43. Hago Play With New Friends
  44. Cam Scanner
  45. Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile
  46. Wonder Camera
  47. Photo Wonder
  48. QQ Player
  49. We Meet
  50. Sweet Selfie
  51. Baidu Translate
  52. Vmate
  53. QQ International
  54. QQ Security Center
  55. QQ Launcher
  56. U Video
  57. V fly Status Video
  58. Mobile Legends
  59. DU Privacy

Also, this is not the first time when the government has banned these Chinese apps. TikTok has been banned so many times however still it was brought back on both Android as well as iOS platforms. over its growing popularity in the country. But this time the Government seems to be quite serious over its deadly brawl and ongoing mounting tensions between India and China.

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Komila Singh
Komila Singh
Komila is one of the most spirited tech writers at Gadget Bridge. Always up for a new challenge, she is an expert at dissecting technology and getting to its core. She loves to tinker with new mobile phones, tablets and headphones.
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