India bans 59 apps including TikTok, UC Browser
India banned 59 applications with Chinese links, including TikTok and UC Browser, saying they were prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity and security of the country.
The list of apps that have been banned also include Helo, Likee, CamScanner, Vigo Video, Mi Video Call – Xiaomi, Clash of Kings as well as e-commerce platforms Club Factory and Shein.
The ban, which comes in the backdrop of stand-off along the Line of Actual control in Ladakh with Chinese troops, is also applicable for WeChat and Bigo Live.
This marks the largest sweep against Chinese technology companies.
A formal order asking phone companies to block the applications is being issued.
The Information Technology Ministry in a statement said it has received several complaints, including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users' data in an unauthorised 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 statement said.
The government has also banned a series of apps of Chinese phone maker Xiaomi, including Mi Community and Mi Video Call. Xiaomi is India's largest handset brand.
The move will “safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace”, it added.
The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, Ministry of Home Affairs, has also sent an exhaustive recommendation for blocking these apps, the statement said.