Posted on: June 29, 2020 Posted by: Ankur Garg Comments: 0

Tensions between Indian and China near Ladhak on LAC(Line of Actual Control) does not seem to slow down and now the Indian Government has taken a major step to affect the Chinese app market, banning 59 Chinese apps that gather data and do not follow the rules and standards as per the guidelines of  Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).

These apps banned by the Indian Government will definitely affect Chinese players as India is one the biggest market for these apps. TikTok earns a large portion of its revenue from India and has been a lot in news after the controversy of YouTube vs TikTok. Most of these apps if remain ban for more than a year than it will affect the Chinese economy and opens a new opportunity for Indian and American Developers to launch the counterpart of these Chinese apps.

The order issued by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) stated that the 59 apps that have been banned by the Government of India “are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, the security of the state and public order”. The order added: “This move will safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. This decision is a targeted move to ensure the safety and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace.”

The move comes one day after India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it gave China a “befitting response.” He also mentioned the countrywide demand for Chinese products to be boycotted and to make the government’s “Atma Nirbhar Bharat” drive more successful. “We ‘re going to buy local and be outspoken for the local and that’s going to help India get stronger,” he said.

Sources said intelligence agency reports indicated the apps violated the terms of use, compromised user privacy, and were used as spyware or malware. The Indian government’s MyGov TikTok account, which had 1.1 million followers, was disabled within minutes of the announcement.

In an official announcement, the IT Ministry said it has received several reports from multiple sources, including several reports on the utilization of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms to “unauthorizedly steal and send user data to servers located outside India.”

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Details of the Indian govt order on Chinese apps 

“Over the last few years, India has emerged as a leading innovator when it comes to technological advancements and a primary market in the digital space. At the same time, there have been raging concerns on aspects relating to data security and safeguarding the privacy of 130 crore Indians. It has been noted recently that such concerns also pose a threat to the sovereignty and security of our country.

“The Ministry of Information Technology has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about the misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers that have locations outside India.

The compilation of these data, it’s mining, and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defense of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern that requires emergency measures.

“The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, Ministry of Home Affairs has also sent an exhaustive recommendation for blocking these malicious apps. This Ministry has also received many representations raising concerns from citizens regarding the security of data and risk to privacy relating to the operation of certain apps.

“The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) has also received many representations from citizens regarding the security of data and breach of privacy impacting public order issues. Likewise, there have been similar bipartisan concerns, flagged by various public representatives, both outside and inside the Parliament of India. There has been a strong chorus in the public space to take strict action against Apps that harm India’s sovereignty as well as the privacy of our citizens.

“On the basis of these and upon receiving of recent credible inputs that such Apps pose threat to sovereignty and integrity of India, the Government of India has decided to disallow the usage of certain Apps, used in both mobile and non-mobile Internet-enabled devices. These apps are listed in the attached appendix.”

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Full List of Chinese Apps Banned by the Indian government:

1. TikTok
2. Shareit
3. Kwai
4. UC Browser

5. Baidu map
6. Shein
7. Clash of Kings
8. DU battery saver
9. Helo
10. Likee
11. YouCam makeup
12. Mi Community
13. CM Browers
14. Virus Cleaner
15. APUS Browser
17. Club Factory
18. Newsdog
19. Beutry Plus
20. WeChat
21. UC News
22. QQ Mail
23. Weibo
24. Xender
25. QQ Music
26. QQ Newsfeed
27. Bigo Live
28. SelfieCity
29. Mail Master
30. Parallel Space
31. Mi Video Call — Xiaomi
32. WeSync
33. ES File Explorer
34. Viva Video — QU Video Inc
35. Meitu
36. Vigo Video
37. New Video Status
38. DU Recorder
39. Vault-Hide
40. Cache Cleaner DU App studio
41. DU Cleaner
42. DU Browser
43. Hago Play With New Friends
44. Cam Scanner
45. Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile
46. Wonder Camera
47. Photo Wonder
48. QQ Player
49. We Meet
50. Sweet Selfie
51. Baidu Translate
52. Vmate
53. QQ International
54. QQ Security Center
55. QQ Launcher
56. U Video
57. V fly Status Video
58. Mobile Legends
59. DU Privacy

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Usage of these 59 Chinese apps will now be treated as a criminal offense and is illegal in the country. These apps can soon be removed from Google Playstore for the Indian region.

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