Indian government bans 59 Chinese mobile apps – see full list here

It appears that the troubles of China are not going away anytime soon. While the Chinese government has its hands full with the U.S. troubles, it has to also deal with India now. Earlier this month, there was a clash between the Indian and Chinese governments over border issues. Now, the former has taken this issue to a new level. Today, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has a press release which  “bans 59 mobile apps”. It further states that these apps are “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India…”. Interestingly, taking a closer look at these apps, they are all from Chinese companies. Also, some of the 59 Chinese mobile apps are very popular apps

59 Chinese mobile apps

The Indian government cites security and privacy concerns

While citing security and privacy concerns, the Indian government accuses these apps of irregular activities. The official statement also says the government is “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”.

See excerpts of the press release below

“there have been raging concerns on aspects relating to data security and safeguarding the privacy of 130 crore Indians. It has been noted recently that such concerns also pose a threat to sovereignty and security of our country. 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…

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”.

Full list of the 59 Chinese mobile apps

  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 Browser
    14. Virus Cleaner
    15. APUS Browser
    16. ROMWE
    17. Club Factory
    18. NewsDog
    19. BeautyPlus
    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
    40. DU Cache Cleaner
    41. DU Cleaner
    42. DU Browser
    43. HAGO – Play With New Friends
    44. CamScanner
    45. Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile
    46. Wonder Camera
    47. Photo Wonder
    48. QQ Player
    49. WeMeet
    50. Sweet Selfie
    51. Baidu Translate
    52. Vmate
    53. QQ International
    54. QQ Security Center
    55. QQ Launcher
    56. UV Video
    57. VFly-Status Videos, Status Maker, New Video Status
    58. Mobile Legends
    59. DU Privacy Vault

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