TikTok, WeChat and Helo are among the 59 Chinese mobile applications that have been banned by the Indian government to protect the country’s “sovereignty and security.”
Apps like ShareIT, UC browser, and Clubfactory have all been restricted as tensions between India and China continue to rise following border incidents two weeks ago.
The government said in a news release that the applications are involved in actions that are “prejudicial to India’s sovereignty and integrity, defence, state security, and public order.”
the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking Access by Public) Rules 2009, which were cited in conjunction with Section 69A of the Information Technology Act.
A number of Indian citizens had complained that their personal information had been improperly transferred to third countries without their consent.
The action could have a negative impact on China’s Digital Silk Road objectives, reducing the company’s value. According to ET’s sources, more countries may follow India’s lead and take action against these apps.
The decision was made after careful consideration of all factors, according to a senior government official. Data could be sent outside of the country because these apps have been around for a long time and have privacy and security issues, according to the source.
The Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) stated in a statement that it has received complaints from a variety of sources, including many instances about the exploitation of particular mobile apps for the theft and unlawful transmission of users’ data to servers outside of India.
The MHA Has Recommended a Ban
India’s sovereignty and integrity are at risk because of the collection of data, it is mining, and profiling by anti-India groups, the government said in a statement.
“Data security and the protection of the privacy of 130 million Indians have become hot topics of discussion. Concerns about the sovereignty and security of our country have been raised recently.
ress statement stated that the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, a Ministry of Home Affairs unit, had given an “exhaustive recommendation” for barring the harmful programmes
“This is not a valid order issued under Section 69A,” the Internet Freedom Foundation stated. Transparency and disclosure are the first things we ask for.” They tweeted that these cases needed to be examined one at a time, not as a collective.
Concerns about data security and the privacy of citizens are legitimate, according to the report. “This can be achieved through objective, evidence-based regulatory systems. Individual liberty, innovation, and security interests are protected by this credible action.”
Both ByteDance, the company that controls the video-sharing apps TikTok and Helo, as well as Alibaba, the company that owns UC Browser, declined to comment when contacted.
Both TikTok and Roposo, a rival video app owned by InMobi, praised the government’s decision to open up the Indian market for their respective platforms.
An Indonesian app called Bolo Indya claims that it will benefit from TikTok’s ban. “We are pleased with the result since we share the government’s worries.
Founder and CEO Varun Saxena believes that this is a golden opportunity for Indian-developed apps like Bolo India to give value while maintaining the integrity of the country’s unique culture and data security standards.
Analysts have predicted that the decision will have a negative impact on Chinese apps.
Since these apps were primarily dependent on the Indian market, it exerts immense economic strain from a tactical standpoint.
Santosh Pai, a partner at Link Legal, a law firm that follows Chinese investments in the United States, says it’s legal because “grounds like national security are tough to challenge in a court of law.”
It’s time for us to see if this is the new normal.” no matter if the need for Indian apps is met or if American apps seize market share.”
Investors in Indian social apps believe that the ban on Chinese apps will reduce competition.
“There will be less of a threat from competitors. In India, though, many apps are influenced by Chinese engineering prowess.
WEH Ventures founding partner Deepak Gupta, who invested in Indian video blogging platform Trell and predicted a slowdown in ecosystem inventiveness, predicted this.
All of These Apps Have Been Removed From The Play Store:
- Share it
- UC Browser
- Baidu map
- Clash of Kings
- DU battery saver
- YouCam makeup
- Mi Community
- CM Browers
- Virus Cleaner
- APUS Browser
- Club Factory
- Beutry Plus
- UC News
- QQ Mail
- QQ Music
- QQ Newsfeed
- Bigo Live
- Mail Mast.
- Parallel Space
- Mi Video Call – Xiaomi
- ES File Explorer
- Viva Video – QU Video Inc
- Vigo Video
- New Video Status
- DU Recorder
- Cache Cleaner DU App studio
- DU Cleaner
- DU Browser
- Hago Play With New Friends
- Cam Scanner
- Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile
- Wonder Camera
- Photo Wonder
- QQ Player
- We Meet
- Sweet Selfie
- Baidu ..
- QQ International
- QQ Security Center
- QQ Launcher
- U Video
- V fly Status Video
- Mobile Legends
- DU Privacy
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