India govt bans 59 Chinese Apps including TikTok


Bhubaneswar (TF Bureau): The Narendra Modi-led Indian government today banned as many as 59 Chinese Apps with border tension between the two nations escalating.

The Ministry of Information Technology in view of the emergent nature of threats has decided to block 59 apps since in view of information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.

The Ministry of Information Technology has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about 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.

The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, Ministry of Home Affairs has also sent an exhaustive recommendation for blocking these malicious apps. This Ministry has also received many representations raising concerns from citizens regarding 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 security of data and breach of privacy impacting upon public order issues.

Likewise, there have been similar bipartisan concerns, flagged by various public representatives, both outside and inside the Parliament of India. There has been a strong chorus in the public space to take strict action against Apps that harm India’s sovereignty as well as the privacy of our citizens.

On the basis of these and upon receiving of recent credible inputs that such Apps pose threat to sovereignty and integrity of India, the Government of India has decided to disallow the usage of certain Apps, used in both mobile and non-mobile Internet enabled devices.

The banned Apps are:

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
17- Club Factory
18- Newsdog
19- Beauty 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

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