India banned 59 Chinese mobile apps on monday. The government has cited national security to ban these applications.
The ban covers some of the most popular apps in India like TikTok, SHAREiT, UC Browser, and WeChat. Almost all banned apps have preferential interests in China and most of them have Chinese mother companies.
Here is the list of all banned apps:-
The ministry said the decision to block these requests was taken after it was discovered that he was "involved in activities harmful to the sovereignty and integrity of India, Defence of India, state security and public order." Information technology launch on Monday.
The statement also said that the ministry received many complaints from various sources, including various reports about the misuse of some mobile applications available on Android systems from Google and iOS to steal user data and transfer it stealthily indirectly. Licensed to servers with locations outside India.
“For the sake of security, defence, sovereignty and integrity in India and data protection and privacy for the people of India, the government has banned 59 mobile applications. Jai Hind! Law, Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Twitter.
Indian intelligence agencies have been trying to restrict mobile apps on the grounds that the apps are designed to extract and stop data outside the country, as it can be used at a later stage to intrude on the privacy of Indian citizens.
Relations between the two countries soured after the death of 20 Indian soldiers in a clash in the Jalwan Valley in Ladakh on June 15.
Most of the apps are very popular in India, including ByteDance TikTok's video-sharing app, with a combined user base of over 500 million.
There are an estimated 120 million TikTok users in India, making South Asia with a population of 1.3 billion people the largest international marketplace for the app.
Chinese cell phones own about 65 percent of the domestic smartphone market.
From toys, cosmetics, makeup, and bags to home appliances, medicine, auto, and steel components, China exports more than 3,000 products to India.