After banning 59 mobile applications (apps), including TikTok, almost a month ago, the Indian government has initiated another digital strike of sorts. India has banned 47 more Chinese apps just weeks after blocking the highly popular video-sharing platform TikTok and 58 others over national security and privacy concerns, an information ministry official said Monday.
The government earlier banned apps including CamScanner, SHAREit, and UC Browser, among others. That ban was announced under the provisions of Section 69A of the Information Technology Act.
The Officials said that “We have banned 47 mobile apps from China in this ongoing exercise which highlights the government’s seriousness about data privacy and security,”
They added “The order was issued on Friday. Most of these 47 apps are banned for the same reasons as the earlier 59, and many were lite versions or variants of the earlier banned applications.”
The ministry had earlier said it had received complaints about the misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms, for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting user data to servers located outside India, in an unauthorised manner.
Late last month, India had imposed a ban on 59 Chinese mobile apps, including the popular SHAREit, TikTok, UC Browser, and SHEIN, citing them as security threat.
As many as 275 other Chinese apps could also be on the chopping block over similar concerns, including the hugely popular “PUBG Mobile” game owned by tech giant Tencent.
From toys, cosmetics and handbags to home appliances, pharma, auto components, and steel, China exports more than 3,000 products to India.
-Davinder Panesar, NMTV News