59 Chinese apps banned in India:
Lately we have witnessed tensions between India and China. Now, the government is cracking down on the issue by announcing a ban on 59 apps in India, including popular apps like TikTok, UC Browser and more.
Here is a complete list of apps that have been banned according to the Government of India:
A government press release announcing the ban said: “The Ministry of Information Technology, invoking its power under section 69A of the Information Technology Law, read the relevant provisions of the Information Technology Rules ( Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking Access to Information by the Public) 2009, and in view of the emerging nature of the threats, decided to block 59 applications, given the available information, they are dedicated to activities that are harmful to the sovereignty and integrity of India, the defense of India, state security and public order.
The press release further stated that the Ministry of Information Technology has received “many representations expressing citizens’ concerns regarding data security and privacy risk regarding the operation of certain applications.”
The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) has also received many representations from citizens regarding data security and privacy violation affecting public order issues, “the press release said.
Here’s the complete list of the apps banned:
4. UC Browser
5. Baidu map
7. Clash of Kings
8. DU battery saver
11. YouCam makeup
12. Mi Community
13. CM Browers
14. Virus Cleaner
15. APUS Browser
17. Club Factory
19. Beutry Plus
21. UC News
22. QQ Mail
25. QQ Music
26. QQ Newsfeed
27. Bigo Live
29. Mail Master
30. Parallel Space
31. Mi Video Call – Xiaomi
33. ES File Explorer
34. Viva Video – QU Video Inc
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
53. QQ International
54. QQ Security Center
55. QQ Launcher
56. U Video
57. V fly Status Video
58. Mobile Legends
59. DU Privacy
In addition, he says the measure to ban the movement of these Chinese applications
“will safeguard the interests of millions of Indian users of mobile devices and the Internet.” This decision is a move directed to guarantee the security and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace, he said.
This is not a surprise since we have been seeing a lot of tension between the two countries. Tensions began to escalate after 20 Indian soldiers were martyred on the border with Galwan.
As of now, we have contacted TikTok, ShareIt and some other brands to request a quote on this situation. We will update this article once these companies roll back.
What caused the ban?
India’s Ministry of Information Technology said the ban was the result of “many complaints from various sources” about applications that “stole and surreptitiously transmitted user data in an unauthorized manner.”
Many of the Chinese apps have been linked to controversies over data privacy and have been accused of sharing confidential information with the Chinese government. U.S. senators have even called for an investigation into TickTock, who vehemently rejects such national claims.
The Government of India said in a statement that “the collection, extraction and profiling of this information by India’s national security and anti-defense elements, which ultimately affects the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a very deep and immediate concern that requires emergency measures. ”
This is not the first time that Chinese apps have been banned in India. In 2017,
Alibaba’s UC browser came under scrutiny for allegedly leaking mobile data from Indian users. And that year, India’s defense ministry asked all armed personnel and officers to uninstall 42 Chinese applications that it classified as “spyware,” according to media reports.
However, some believe the timing of the ban, amid mounting tensions, is not a coincidence, but a response to events on the border.
So what is the effect of the ban?
The ban already affects millions of users across India who cannot use blacklisted apps.
China has shown that governments can actually block applications, not just remove them from the App Store, which happened earlier in India, so you cannot reinstall and update the existing Installation level, technology policy expert Prasant
He added that while there is a way around the ban, it will effectively kill popular applications.
If more than 95% of the 100 million users leave,
this kills the “network effect”, and most of the content, and therefore applications like TickTock, is no longer attractive.
India TickTock has the largest overseas market with about 120 million active users. TickTock allows users to publish and share short videos.
Since launching in India, the app has become a plastic platform for Indians of all ages and classes — from cops to housewives — who dance, sing, and perform for their followers. The application has turned many ordinary Indians into social media stars.
And Roy says the ban will harm all Indians who made money and business through apps.
Thousands of influential Tiktok people who were off the platform,
and many Indian businessmen and traders who need to communicate with the Chinese and do this through WeChat – this disables them.
He agrees that there are concerns about how applications process user data but says that the answer should be in the form of a privacy law that India does not provide. Is not.
He further taught: This is a road to the Chinese, the return of the so-called border launches and the recent violent clashes.