The Indian government has banned 59 Chinese mobile applications including the most popular apps like TikTok, UC Browser, Shareit, Xender, CamScanner, WeChat, etc. The decision to ban these apps was taken after it was found that “they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, the security of the state and public order”, the Ministry of Information Technology said in a release on Monday.
“For safety, security, defense, sovereignty & integrity of India and to protect data & privacy of people of India the Government has banned 59 mobile apps. Jai Hind!” Law, Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Twitter.
After the border issue, boycott china’s products campaign was strong in the country, and this move against malicious Chinese apps was happily accepted by the country. The ban has been imposed under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009. The government also said they have received several complaints about data misuse on Indian users being transferred abroad without authorization. Almost all of these apps have complete access to the camera, microphone, storage and contacts of our mobile phone its very easy for them to transfer the data to their servers, this could be dangerous in current situations as a clash between India and China is raging as China have started to deploy some of their military forces and tanks near to Ladakh’s Galwan valley.
Relations between both countries were in a mess following the death of 20 Indian troops at Galwan Valley of Ladakh.