India decides to ban scores of Chinese apps

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India decides to ban scores of Chinese apps

Stern move taken against Chinese apps by India

Wednesday, 1st July 2020


The India-China clash tensions started reflecting elsewhere too. Recently, the Indian government decided to ban 59 Chinese mobile apps in order to curb the threats that these apps pose for the ‘sovereignty and security’ of India. Among the banned applications there are some of the most renowned social media players like TikTok, WeChat and Helo. UC Browser, ShareIT and Clubfactory (shopping app) are among the other apps that were blocked. In a press release this Monday the country’s decision to ban the apps was put forth.

 

According to the Government these apps are involved in certain activities that are “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.” Under Section 69A of IT Act, this ban was imposed by the Indian government.

 

The government further raised complaints regarding the transfer of data of the Indian users to foreign lands without any due authorization.

 

The step taken could stand in the way of China’s ambition towards the Digital Silk Route, lowering the companies’ valuation. It could pave the way for more and more countries taking a cue from India’s move and acting the same way against these applications, sources said to ET.
 

A government official said in this context: “These apps have been there for a long time, and there are some privacy and security issues with them including risks of data going out of the country,” said the person.



 Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) said in a statement that it had already received several complaints and reports from multiple sources on the misuse of these apps for user data theft, surreptitious data transmission to foreign servers in an illegal way.

 

The statement also read: “The compilation of the 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 press release informed that the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre that’s part of MHA has put forth an “exhaustive recommendation for blocking the malicious apps,”
 

In this context, the Internet Freedom Foundation said: “This is not a legal order issued under Section 69A. Our first ask is transparency and disclosure.”
 

Spokespeople associated with ByteDance,  TikTok, UC Browser, Helo owners said that they wouldn’t be able to comment on this banning right way.

 

Indian companies and ventures like ShareChat, InMobi, Bolo Indya responded to the government’s decision to ban the Chinese apps and said that the decision would go in their favour as major rivals would be removed from the market with this ban and they would get access to a larger market.

 

 

Source: Economic Times


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