As the recent tension between the Indian government and the Chinese government rises, the Government of India has decided to ban apps made in China. There are 59 apps on the list that will be banned from use in the subcontinent of India. The government has cited concerns for the privacy of users using these apps as the reason for the ban.
This decision will block the usage of apps on internet-connected devices as well as offline. The government has announced a ban on Chinese apps including TikTok among others. The press release announcing the ban stated: he 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 since in view of the information available 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 press release also mentioned that the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) has also received feedback from citizens stating, “many representations raising concerns from citizens regarding the security of data and risk to privacy relating to the operation of certain apps”
Some of the notable apps in the list of apps to be banned include TikTok which enjoys 611 million downloads in India alone. It also includes Shareit, UC Browser, Xender, Weibo, Cam Scanner, ES File Explorer among others. Not surprisingly, there are two apps from Xiaomi of the name Mi Community and Mi Video Call. Recently the company had claimed that they are an Indian brand. Are you using any of the apps on the list? Let us know in the comments below.