Jun 302020
 June 30, 2020  Posted by  Non-U.S., Online

Sangeeta Nair reports:

India has banned 59 Chinese mobile apps that are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, Defence of India, security of state and public order.

From the Why has India banned Chinese Apps?

The Union Ministry of Information Technology had received several complaints from various sources including reports regarding misuse of some mobile apps available on iOS  and Android platforms to steal and transmit users’ data in an unauthorised manner to servers located outside India.

The compilation of the stolen data and its profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India. The Ministry recognised this as a matter of deep and immediate concern that required emergency measures.

The Ministry had also received concerns from citizens regarding security of data and risk to privacy in operation of certain apps.  The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre under the Home Ministry had also sent a recommendation to block such malicious apps.

You can find the list of banned apps here.


  One Response to “India bans 59 Chinese mobile apps including TikTok, WeChat, Cam Scanner”

  1. One of my web domains was blocked by India and parts of Pakistan years ago.

    I never understood why. Had a one articles each about US immigration (not India specific) and the Indian space program delays due to the US not helping.

    The exact same IP address had about 20 other domains that I manage on it and those weren’t blocked, so it was a DNS, not IP, block.

    Thailand also blocked via DNS the same domain. China, AE, Turkey have not blocked any domains – though I wish China would block my subnet completely. 😉

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