Govt bans 59 Chinese apps including TikTok and Shareit as India-China border tension elevates

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Amid the elevating India-China border tension, the government of India has decided to ban a total of 59 Chinese applications including popular apps like TikTok, Shareit, and UC Browser. These apps are also taken down due to a high risk of data privacy and tracking.

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According to reports, the government of India has revoked these applications from both data and non-data-based devices including smartphones and tablets. Ministry of Information Technology issued a press release for dragging all the applications under section 69A of the Information Technology Act.

Under the ‘Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public’, these applications are risks for user data privacy, and removing them is important for maintaining a safer data environment in India. Have a look at the list of Chinese applications that are now taken down from the stores.

According to the press release, the Ministry of Information said, they have received numerous complaints against data privacy and data tracking related to these Chinese applications. Highlighting the main concerns with these applications, the press release mentioned— ‘The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) has also received many representations from citizens regarding the security of data and breach of privacy impacting upon public order issues.’

Over this removal, the government representative has said, it will add an extra layer of safeguard over all the smartphone users in India. According to the experts, by the removal of the applications, India will be able to make the entire smartphone ecosystem safer. And on the other side, the companies and individuals who were dependent on these platforms may have to bear the losses.

Published by Ishan Soni on 29 Jun 2020

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